On arrival to our center, we will review the type of exam ordered, obtain any past comparison studies that you may have available and review your medical history, including past reactions to x-ray contrast dye. For your convenience, we provide lockers to secure any valuables during your test. Depending on the type of exam, you may be asked to change into a gown to prevent interference of metal fasteners or snaps in your clothing. Please inform us if you are or may be pregnant.
All patients – please click here to download the registration form and here to download the assignment of benefits/release of information form. Finally, click here to download the medication history form that also needs completing.
Please hand these completed forms to reception when you arrive. You may also fill these forms at our centers but please allow fifteen minutes prior to your exam to complete them. Note – for the assignment of benefits/release of information form, please enter the date of your scan (date of service) when signing this form..
For patients having an MRI, please download the following screening form here and hand in to reception when you arrive.
For patients having a Prostate MRI, please download the following form here and hand to reception when you arrive.
For patient having a PET/CT, please click here to download the form.
MRI and MRA
Because of the strong magnetic field used in MRI, certain metallic devices may prevent us from performing an MRI. At the time of scheduling we will ask whether you have any of the following; aneurysm clips, cardiac pacemaker/defibrillator, neurostimulator, hearing aid, internal or external metallic objects, or any other implant or prosthesis. During the exam you will hear loud repeating knocking. Headphones and listening to music are available. If you wish, you may bring your own music selection. If conscious sedation is ordered by your physician, please call us for special instructions. Depending on the type of exam ordered, it usually takes from 20 to 45 minutes. Our technologist will monitor and support you throughout the exam. An intercom system will enable our technologist to communicate with you.
PET / CT
Please do not eat or drink 5 hours before your scheduled appointment. You may take any medications that do not need to be taken with food with a sip of water. Any medications required to be taken with food should wait until after your scan. Patients that are diabetic or are taking steroids should call our technologist for special instructions. If a diagnostic CT scan with contrast is also ordered at the same time as your PET/CT scan, patients that are diabetic, have renal disease, or are severely debilitated, will need to have a serum creatinine level drawn within 30 days of the exam. About one hour prior to the scan, we will obtain a blood sugar level from you and will then inject a small amount of radiopharmaceutical. You will then be asked to relax in a private room until you are ready for the scan. The scan usually takes anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, but please plan on being at our center for a total of 2 to 3 hours. PET/CT scans are safe. The radiopharmaceutical that is injected is a small dose and is rapidly eliminated from the body. As an added precaution, wait several hours and empty your bladder before getting too close to infants and women who are pregnant.
CT & CTA
Patients who require intravenous (IV) injection of contrast material as part of their CT exam and are diabetic, have renal disease, or are severely debilitated will need to have a serum creatinine level drawn within 30 days of the exam. Do not eat or drink 4 hours prior to exams with IV contrast. Most CT scans of the abdomen and pelvis also require drinking of an oral contrast drink that we supply through your ordering physician or can be obtained at our center prior to your appointment. The exam usually takes from 10 to 30 minutes to complete.
For an abdominal or gallbladder ultrasound, please eat a low fat dinner the evening before and do not eat or drink at least 6 to 8 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. For pelvic or first trimester obstetrical ultrasounds, drink 32 ounces of water 1-2 hours prior to your appointment. Do not empty your bladder prior to the exam. All other ultrasound exams do not require preparation. The exam usually takes from 10 to 30 minutes to complete
You will be asked to remove jewelry or metal objects that might interfere with the x-ray images. Otherwise, no preparation is required. Most exams are completed in less than 20 minutes.