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Welcome to the Center for Medical Imaging

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General Guidelines For the Day of Your Exam

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your exam, unless otherwise notified. This will allow time to confirm your insurance information and fill out any necessary paperwork.
  • Please bring your picture ID and insurance card with you and be sure to notify us if there have been any changes to your insurance or if you have moved since the last time you visited one of our facilities.
  • Most exams will require you to change into scrubs or a gown to ensure there are no artifacts or shadows affective the diagnostic quality of the images.
  • Please call ahead to discuss any special needs you have, such as physical limitations.
  • Notify the Technologist if you are pregnant or if there is any chance you may be and also of any medications you have been taking.

MRI – Read more about MRI

  • Patients may eat and take medications as they normally would, unless directed otherwise by a physician.
  • All patients are required to change into scrubs or a gown to ensure patient safety and that there are no artifacts or shadows affecting the diagnostic quality of the images. Please note a lot of athletic apparel have metallic threads that react with the MRI Magnet.
  • Because MRI uses a strong magnetic field, please notify us prior to your exam if you have a pacemaker, artificial heart valve or any other metal inside your body.
  • Any jewelry or body piercings will need to be removed.

CT – Read more about CT

  • Depending on the type of CT study the patient’s physician has ordered, the patient may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 4 hours prior to the exam.
  • Some CT studies use either oral or IV contrast to obtain better images. If oral contrast has been ordered, the patient may be asked to drink a contrast medium that will highlight the digestive tract.

3D (Tomosynthesis) Mammography – Read more about 3D mammography

  • It is best to schedule your mammogram the week after your period when the breasts are less tender.
  • Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These products can often mimic breast disease.
  • Before the exam, you will be asked to remove all jewelry and clothing from the waist up. You will be given a gown to wear that opens in the front.
  • If you have breast implants, let us know when you make your appointment so we can optimize your exam.

Ultrasound – Read more about ultrasound

  • For OB and pelvic exams, you will need to drink 32 oz. of water in the hour before your exam. Do not empty your bladder until the exam is complete.
  • For abdominal exams, patients must not have anything to eat or drink for at least 6-8 hours before their exam. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

Fluoroscopy – Read more about fluoroscopy

  • Preparation for fluoroscopy depends on the type of exam that is performed. You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 8 – 12 hours prior to the exam, or to cleanse the large intestine with a prep kit given to you by your physician or our staff.

Talk to your physician about your exam or contact us if you have any questions.

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