512 S. Nokomis Ave South Venice, FL 34285 Phone: 941-488-7781

Radiology Center Venice, Englewood, and Sarasota

Exam Preparations

Interventional Radiology Exam Preparations

Who will talk to me about the procedure?

The Interventional Radiologist will explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have regarding your procedure. You will be asked to sign a consent form following a discussion of risks, alternatives, and benefits.

What if I have a “contrast allergy”?

If you have an allergy to IV contrasts please report this before your procedure. You may need to take medications prior to the procedure for safety. Contact your physician for further information. Contrast has changed in recent years and persons with prior “allergies” may be able to receive current contrast medications.

What if I have imaging studies performed at other hospitals outside of RAVE?

These imaging studies may be helpful to your doctor. Please bring them to your scheduled procedure or have them sent to our office prior to your consultation/procedure.

How do I prepare for my Interventional Radiology procedure?

You will be given specific instructions prior to your procedure. Please follow exactly, to prevent any delays of your scheduled procedure.

Who will be involved in my care?

During your procedure, a technologist or nurse will assist the Interventional Radiology Physician.

Will I be sedated or given medications for my comfort?

Most of our procedures require conscious sedation for your comfort and relaxation. This will be monitored by nursing staff and directed by the physician performing your procedure. Local anesthetic will also be given. Patient comfort is a priority, and will allow us to perform our job well. Please notify us of any concerns. Remember, that you will be unable to drive yourself for 24 hours if sedation is given. Please have arrangements made ahead of time.

What happens after my Interventional Radiology Procedure?

Discharge instructions will vary, depending on the procedure you had. It is essential you follow instructions carefully. If any questions, please do not hesitate to call us. Click here for Discharge Instructions


Diagnostic Exam Preparations

You will be given additional instructions at the time your study is scheduled. If your question is not specifically addressed below, contact the department where your procedure is to be performed. Please check in at the Radiology Department front desk on the day of your appointment. Bring your driver’s license, insurance cards, and a list of medications with you.

Barium Enema: Bowel prep kit can be picked up at one of the RAVE office locations. Preparation starts in the morning, the day before the exam. Follow the directions on the Box.

CT angiogram of coronary arteries: You will be coming through the pre procedure area. In order to obtain the best possible study you may be given IV medication to slow your heart rate. No caffeine or sugar for 12 hours. Please discontinue Viagra or similar medications for seven days prior. Please tell our nurse about your medical history including allergies, medications, reactive airway disease, heart block, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers and surgical history including bypass grafts. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

IVP(Intravenous Pyelogram): No food or drink after midnight.

Mammography: Do not use powder or deodorant before the exam. If your previous mammogram(s) are done elsewhere, please have them sent to the department before the time of your appointment, or you may bring them with you.

MRI: Wear loose cotton clothing; no jewelry or body piercing studs, no metal of any kind including on your clothing. Patients are placed in a strong magnetic field. Metal can interfere with the exam and be dangerous. You will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire before the exam.

Myelogram: This is usually a morning procedure. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to the procedure. Clear liquids only on the morning of the exam. No blood thinners for 72 hours.

Nuclear Medicine: Specific instructions pertaining to fasting versus non-fasting will be given at the time of scheduling. It is essential that patients have not had barium studies or other nuclear medicine procedures within 2 days of procedure. Comfortable clothing should be worn, preferably with no metal.

UGI (Upper GI series/ Esophagram/ Small bowel follow through): Nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to the exam. No smoking or gum chewing two hours prior to the exam. After the study is completed drink 20oz of fluid. You may also take Milk of Magnesia after in order to help remove the barium from your system.

Ultrasound Pelvic: Female: drink 32 ounces of water one hour prior to exam and hold. Male: 24 ounces of water one hour prior to study and hold.

Ultrasound Abdomen/Aorta: Nothing to eat or drink 8 hours before the exam

Ultrasound Renal: Drink 24 oz of fluid and hold 1 hour prior to exam.

Bone Density (DEXA) Scan: No calcium 24 hours prior to exam. No metal around the waist area.

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