Imaging

Additional Information

This information will help you prepare for your imaging exam and let you know what to expect during the exam.

Preparing for Your CT Scan

  • You may be asked to not eat or drink anything for several hours before your test.
  • Inform your physician of any medications you are taking.
  • Inform your physician if you have allergies or think you may be allergic to the IV contrast material used in a CT scan.
  • Inform your physician and the CT scan technician if you are or think you might be pregnant.
  • Inform your physician if you have recently been ill, have a medical condition, or if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, or thyroid problems.
  • Prepare to arrive 30 to 60 minutes before your appointment time to allow for test preparation. The Center’s registration clerk will let you know how soon you should arrive.
  • Bring your prescription, insurance card, and any related insurance forms or pre-approvals to your appointment.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. Certain exams may require that you wear a gown which we will provide. You will be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, hair accessories, hearing aids, and any removable dental work.
  • You may be required to drink contrast material or receive contrast material intravenously.

During Your CT Scan

The CT technician will bring you into the CT Scanner room and position you on the table. The CT technician will then exit the room and speak to you through an intercom system to provide additional instructions. The entire exam may take 20 to 60 minutes.

After Your CT Scan

Once your scan is completed, you may resume normal activities. It will be helpful to drink plenty of non-alcoholic, decaffeinated fluids such as water or juice to help your body flush out any remaining contrast material. Our radiologist will prepare a report and submit it to your physician who will contact you with the results.

Preparing for Your Ultrasound

  • Bring your prescription, insurance card, and any related insurance forms or pre-approvals to your appointment.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. Certain exams may require that you wear a gown which we will provide. You may be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, hair accessories, hearing aids, and any removable dental work.
  • Additional preparations may be necessary depending on the type of exam you need. Our registration clerk will discuss any further instructions with you.

During Your Ultrasound

Ultrasounds are fast, easy, and painless. You will be positioned on a cushioned table and a clear water-based gel will be applied to the part of the body being examined. This gel acts as an ultrasound wave conductor. The Ultrasound Technologist will then place a transducer, a hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound signals, firmly against the part of the body being imaged and sweeps it back and forth. Images are instantly captured on a monitor and sent to your radiologist for review. The entire exam may take 20 to 60 minutes.

After Your Ultrasound

Once your ultrasound is completed, you may resume normal activities. Our radiologist will prepare a report and submit it to your physician who will contact you with the results.

Preparing for Your X-ray

  • Bring your prescription, insurance card, and any related insurance forms or pre-approvals to your appointment.
  • Inform your physician if you are or think you might be pregnant.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. Certain exams may require that you wear a gown which we will provide. You may be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, hair accessories, hearing aids, and any removable dental work.
  • If you have any previous imaging study results (x-ray, MRI, CT-scan, etc.), such as reports, films, etc., please bring them with you.
  • Additional preparations may be necessary depending on the type of exam you need. Our registration clerk will discuss any further instructions with you.

During Your X-ray

An x-ray is a simple, painless procedure that is performed by the radiology technologist. The average x-ray study takes about 20 minutes. An x-ray exam may also include a fluoroscope, which is an instrument that works with an x-ray to enable the technologist to view internal organs. A fluoroscopy exam often takes between 30 to 40 minutes. A contrast agent is sometimes used to enhance the area being tested.

After Your X-ray

Once your x-ray is completed, you may resume normal activities. Our radiologist will prepare a report and submit it to your physician who will contact you with the results.