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Patient Preparation/Information

If you are having an Interventional Radiology Procedure:

  • You will need a ride home

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    Call the Interventional Radiology department at 617-499-5798 with any questions regarding your procedure.

  • If you are having an angiogram, you will need someone to stay overnight with you
  • You should have no food or drink after midnight except for sips of water to be taken with medication
  • All blood pressure medications need to be taken the morning of the procedure
  • If you are on insulin, you should only take half of your morning dosage
  • If you have questions about medications, bring your meds with you or a list of all the medications you take, including the dosage
  • All blood thinners and aspirin need to be held 5 days prior to the procedure; for Ibuprofen, hold 24 hours before procedure

If you are having a Barium Enema (BE) Lower GI Series exam: 

  • You can pick up the bowel preparation for the Barium Enema in the Radiology department at the front desk. 
  • You may also purchase a Fleet Pre Kit #1 and follow the three-day prep

If you are having a GI Series (Upper GI) exam: 

  • You should have no food or drink after midnight the evening before your exam
  • You should not take any medications the morning of the examination
  • The barium you will drink may cause constipation. On the night after your exam, you should take 2 ounces of milk of magnesia after supper

If you are having a CT Scan: 

  • You will need to drink an oral bowel preparation prior to your examination
  • You should not have any solid foods three hours before your examination
  • You should not have any fluids (other than the oral prep) one hour prior to your scan
  • You can take your medications as usual

If you are having a Virtual Colonoscopy: 

  • You will need to do a two day prep
  • Two days prior to examination, follow a low residue meal plan which will be provided to you by the Radiology department
  • At 8:00 p.m., two days prior, drink at least 8 ounces of clear liquids
  • Also two days prior, you may have unlimited dietary supplement shakes (ie. Ensure, SlimFast, etc.)
  • One day prior to the examination, drink clear liquids throughout the morning. You may also substitute dietary shakes
  • One day prior at noon, drink clear liquids or dietary shake
  • One day prior at 2:00 p.m., take Fleet Phospho-soda solution and follow immediately with 8 ounces of clear liquid
  • One day prior, throughout the afternoon, drink clear liquids
  • One day prior at 6:00 p.m., drink clear liquids or dietary shake
  • One day prior at 7:00 p.m., take 4 Bisacodyl tablets
  • On the day of the examination, do not eat breakfast
  • Two hours before the examination, insert suppository. Try to have a bowel movement prior to arriving at the hospital
  • You may take your normal medications. If you need to take them with food, bring them with you to the hospital to take after your examination

If you are undergoing Calcium Scoring and Coronary CT Angiography: 

  • Do not consume any form of caffeine 12 hours prior to your appointment, including caffeinated coffee, tea and soda
  • Do not eat any solid foods three hours before your appointment
  • Do not use Viagra, Levitra or Cialis for 48 hours before your CT exam
  • Bring a list of your current medications to your appointment
  • Drink two 8 ounce glasses of water one hour before the study
  • Take 50 mg of Metroprolol (Lopressor) orally the evening before your exam and another 50 mg of Metroprolol the morning of the exam
  • Take your medications normally as directed by your doctor
  • After the study, drink plenty of fluids
  • If you have any questions, contact the CT department at 617-499-5076

If you have any questions about these exams or other procedures not listed, please contact the Radiology Department directly at 617-499-5070

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