It is extremely important that you follow the instructions for your exam. Should you have any questions about these instructions, call us immediately.
Preparing For Your Appointment
We’re here to help you prepare for your upcoming imaging appointment
General Patient Information
- Please bring current insurance cards and ID.
- Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
- Bring previous X-rays or scans and your report related to your exam.
- All patients receiving IV or Oral Contrast should have no food or drink at least
4 hours prior to the exam.
- Patients receiving sedation (for MRI patients only) should have transportation
to and from the facility.
Patients Receiving IV Contrast
- Diabetic patients, those over the age of 60, or those with a history of kidney problems are required to have recent (no later than 6 weeks) bloodwork/ Creatinine drawn before their exam. Akumin may perform at the time of scan if current lab results are greater than 6 weeks.
- Patients with a history of asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, severe allergies, or prior contrast reaction MUST notify the technologist prior to the exam.
- Patients with prior adverse contrast reaction must have their referring physician contact our office about premedication.
- Blood work is needed for all patients age 60+ and for all patients who have diabetes, hypertension, multiple myeloma, renal disease, renal insufficiency, renal failure, nephrectomy (one kidney) or renal surgery, and renal transplant.
- Blood work requirements:
- Date drawn (within 6 weeks)
- GFR (if available)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- For MRI with contrast, please review IV Contrast Guidelines above.
- Must bring previous CD (images) and reports for comparison.
- Abdominal MRI and MRCP patients should fast for at least 6 hours before the exam.
- Please contact us if you have a history of the following:
- Brain aneurysm clips
- Cochlear implants or ear tubes
- Electronic implantable devices
- Breast Expanders
- Has worked with metal
- Artificial heart valve
Computerized Tomography (CT)
- For CT with IV contrast, please review IV Contrast Guidelines above.
- For CT with IV contrast or Oral contrast, do not eat or drink anything 4-6 hours prior to your exam.
- For CT without contrast, no preparation required.
- All CT scans ordered with (IV) intravenous contrast (head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis) require the patient to NOT have food or drink 4 hours prior to exam. Clear liquids are permitted. The patient may take necessary medications.
- Abdomen and pelvic scans require the patient to take oral contrast. Patient should arrive to the clinic 1 hour early to drink the oral contrast.
PET / CT
- One day prior to your exam you will receive a call with full instructions.
- You must be on a low carbohydrate, low sugar, and caffeine-free diet for one day before your exam. Speak to your physician if you are diabetic.
- No strenuous exercise for 48 hours prior to the exam.
- Remember to bring your most recent CT, MRI, or other relevant films and reports on the day of the exam.
Bone Scan (DEXA)
- Part 1 of the exam: You receive an injection.
- Part 2 of the exam: You return in three hours for the imaging procedure.
Thyroid Uptake and Scan
- Do not eat seafood or shellfish 24 hours prior to exam.
- No medications containing iodine one month prior to exam.
- No thyroid medications 6 weeks prior to exam.
- Pelvic, Complete (Non-Obstetric) – drink and have finished 32 oz. of clear liquids 1 hour prior to appointment. The bladder must be full at the time of exam. Do not urinate. An empty bladder will prevent us from performing the exam.
- Transvaginal – no preparation required.
- Gall Bladder – NPO (Nothing Passed Orally) 8 hours.
- Bladder – drink and have finished 32 oz. of clear liquids 1 hour prior to appointment. The bladder must be full at the time of exam. Do not urinate. An empty bladder will prevent us from performing the exam.
- Abdomen – NPO (Nothing Passed Orally) 8 hours.
- Renal Doppler – NPO (Nothing Passed Orally) 8 hours.
- Do not apply perfume, deodorant, or powder in the chest or underarm area.
- Must bring previous mammograms for comparison to avoid delay with results.
- If sedation will be given during your procedure, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything for 8 hours beforehand.
- If you are diabetic and take insulin you should talk to your doctor as your usual insulin dose may need to be adjusted.
- You may be required to cease taking anticoagulants for a number of days prior to your procedure.
- You will receive specific instructions based on the type of nuclear medicine exam you will be undergoing.
- Inform your imaging technologist of any medications you are taking including vitamins and herbal supplements.
- Avoid wearing any jewellery or metallic materials as these may interfere with the clarity of the images.
- Inform your imaging technologist if there is any possibility that you may be pregnant.