Prep Guidelines for your Patients
|Bone Density - No Prep Required|
Weight Limit: 300 lbs. (Patients exceeding the weight limit can be screened with a forearm scan)
Same day appointments available but must be scheduled.
|X-Ray Prep & Guidelines|
No appointments required.
Walk-ins welcome at all locations.
|Ultrasound Prep & Guidelines|
Vascular and Other Studies
|MRI Prep & Guidelines|
Please allow 2 hours between a MRI exam and a follow-up clinic appointment
Abdomen/Pelvis MRI: Patients may drink, but should not eat 4 hours before the exam.
ALL patients will be asked to change into a gown and scrubs pants for the exam. They should not wear eye make-up.
Patients with pacemakers, defibrillators, implanted insulin pumps and aneurysm clips may not be able to be scheduled for an MRI. A proper investigation of the implant will need to be performed by the MRI staff prior to scheduling the patient's appointment. You may wish to consider if a CT is appropriate for the patient.
Exams with Contrast:
GFR test must be done on all patients who are diabetic and/or 60 years of age and older if current labs (within 30 days) are not available.
GFR test will be done at the UVA Imaging center using the I-Stat machine. No additional prep or time is required.
Suggested Protocol for Breast MRI's
Diagnostic MRI - breast cancer, abnormal mammo
Screening MRI - patients who are high risk (family history, etc.) but are currently asymptomatic. Screening MRI's should be scheduled between day 7 and 14 of the patient's menstrual cycle unless it is for a recent diagnosis of breast cancer.
Patients should NOT wear deodorant on the day of the exam.
An MRI will not be performed without a current mammogram within one year unless there is a suspected rupture or leak of an implant.
|CT Prep & Guidelines|
Weight Limit: 500 lbs.
Extended oral contrast dosing:
Patients whose Abdomen/Pelvis CT exam is indicated for the following diagnosis will be mailed the oral contrast (provided that the CT exam is scheduled at least two weeks out) so they may being dosing at home:
Appendicitis Crohn's Disease
Colon Cancer Diverticulitis
Ovarian Cancer Rectal Cancer
Right Lower Quadrant Abdominal Pain
The prescription for Readi-cat may be given to the patient to be filled at the UVA pharmacy if less than two weeks are allowed before the CT exam is scheduled.
Clears: Water, Coffee or Tea (w/o dairy), Soda, Apple Juice, No Citrus Juice
Abdomen & Pelvis: Clears for 4 hours
Pelvis: Clears for 4 hours
Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis: Clears for 4 hours
Renal: Clears for 4 hours
IVP: Clears for 4 hours
Abdomen: Clears for 4 hours
Triphasic Liver: Clears for 4 hours
Spine: Clears for 4 hours
Chest: Clears for 4 hours
Head/Brain/Neck: Clears for 4 hours
Pituitary: Clears for 4 hours
Adrenals: Clears for 4 hours
Extremities/Joints: Clears for 4 hours
Osseous Pelvis: Clears for 4 hours
Stone Protocol: Clears for 4 hours
IAC: Clears for 4 hours
Sinus: Clears for 4 hours
|Fluoroscopy Prep & Guidelines|
Weight Limit: 350 lbs
Medications: Blood thinners, excluding aspirin, must be stopped 5-7 days prior to the procedure and the patient must consult with their physician. Courses of Antibiotics need to be completed or finished 48 hours prior to the procedure.
Transportation: Driver is required for patients having ESI's (epidural steroid injection) and RF Ablations. Driver is suggested for patients having a Nerve Block
The total procedure time can last 30 minutes to 1 hour and patients should expect to remain for 15-30 minutes for post procedure monitoring.
|Mammography Prep & Guidelines|