Preparation Instructions

  • Patients who are not properly prepared may have to re-book their appointment.
  • A valid Ontario Health Card is required for each visit.
  • Please bring you requisition form to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment for registration

General X-Ray:

  • X-ray, or radiography, refers to procedures that use standard x-rays to view parts of the body.
  • No preparation is required for a general x-ray.

Mammography:

  • Please do not use deodorant, antiperspirant or talcum before the examination.
  • Stay on a caffeine-free diet to minimize discomfort of compression required for optimal examination.
  • If you are experiencing premenstrual breast tenderness, you may delay appointment until tenderness has subsided.

Bone Mineral Density (BMD):

  • Please arrive in clothing that does not have buttons or zippers, if possible.

Gastric Procedures:

Gastric diagnostics or upper and lower GI studies refer to procedures that involve the patient either drinking barium sulfate or having it administered rectally through an enema. Barium is a metallic fluid that x-rays cannot penetrate through. After taking the barium, x-rays are done to look at the gastrointestinal tract.

    Barium Enema:

  • Purchase a PICO SALAX from the drug store and follow the enclosed directions carefully, starting 8:00am the day before the test.

     Gastric Series (U.G.I.):

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • NO BREAKFAST.

    Gastric Series and Small Bowel:

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. NO BREAKFAST.
  • This examination may take 2-4 hours to complete.

Ultrasound:

Medical sonography (ultrasonography) is an ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, their size, structure and pathology with real time images. It is also used to visualize a fetus during routine and emergency prenatal care.

    Abdominal, Gallbladder, Kidney, Renal Artery or Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound:

  • A FAT FREE supper the night before. Nothing to EAT or DRINK (NO WATER) 4 hours prior to the examination.
  • Do NOT smoke or chew gum.
  • MEDICATION: Can be taken with a sip of water.

    Pelvis or Obstetrical Ultrasound:

  • A FULL BLADDER is very important for this examination.
  • Please start drinking 2-3 glasses of WATER (26 oz.) 1.5 hours prior to appointment and finish drinking 1 hour before your appointment.
  • DO NOT empty bladder after drinking. You may eat normally day of examination.

    Trans Rectal Ultrasound for Prostate:

  • Take Ducolax Rectal Suppository 2 hours before the appointment.
  • A full bladder is very important for this test.
  • Please drink 2-3 large glasses (26 oz.) of water one hour before the examination.
  • Do not urinate before the test.

    Abdominal and Pelvis Ultrasound (together):

  • A FAT FREE supper the night before.
  • Nothing to EAT 4 hours prior to examination.
  • DO NOT smoke or chew gum.
  • A FULL BLADDER is very important for this examination.
  • Please start drinking 2-3 glasses of WATER (26 oz.) 1.5 hours prior to appointment and finish drinking 1 hour before your appointment.
  • DO NOT empty bladder after drinking.
  • MEDICATION: Can be taken with a sip of water.

    Elastography Ultrasound:

  • A FAT FREE dinner the night before.
  • Nothing to EAT or DRINK (NO WATER) 8 hours prior to the examination
  • NO ALCOHOL 12 hours prior to examination.
  • DO NOT smoke or chew gum.
  • MEDICATION: Can be taken with a sip of water.

    Thyroid Ultrasound:

  • No preparation.

    Ultrasound of Breast:

  • No preparation.
  • Previous mammography and/or breast ultrasound images must be brought with you to the appointment (if available).

    Vascular (Carotid or DVT):

  • No preparation.

    Musculoskeletal(MSK):

  • No preparation.

    Extremities:

  • No preparation.
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