Test Preparation Instructions

No Harassment Policy
Merivale Medical is committed to ensuring a safe and respectful environment for both patients and staff. Aggressive or intimidating behavior, harassment or coarse language will not be tolerated.

No Cell Phones Policy
Due to privacy concerns, the use of cellular devices is prohibited while on-site. Kindly power off all cellular phones prior to entering the clinic.

Scent-Free Policy
Merivale Medical Imaging recognizes that some members of society are sensitive to scented products. Perfumes and strong odors can precipitate severe asthma attacks in some of our patients and staff members.

 

Examination Duration of Exam Preparation Required
Bone Mineral Density 20 MINS Do NOT take calcium supplements the day of your test. Wear clothing without metal, snaps, buttons, zippers, etc. Bring a list of current medications.
Mammography 20 – 30 MINS NO PREP. Book within first 14 days of menstrual cycle. Wear 2 piece outfit for convenience. Do NOT use antiperspirants, deodorants, or lotion in the underarm or breast area.
X-Ray 10 – 60 MINS NO PREP.
ULTRASOUND PROCEDURES
Abdominal/Pelvis (male) 45 MINS Nothing to eat x 6 hours AND finish drinking 20 oz (~2.5 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to arrival time. Do NOT empty bladder.
Abdominal/Pelvis/TVP (female) 60 MINS Nothing to eat x 6 hours AND finish drinking 32 oz (~ 4 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to test. Do NOT empty bladder.
Abdominal 30 MINS AM Appt:
nothing to eat/drink from midnight.
PM Appt: nothing to eat/drink x 6 hours prior arrival time.
Do NOT chew gum or smoke x 2 hours prior to arrival time.
ABIs (Ankle Brachial Index) 30 MINS NO PREP.
Arterial Doppler 60 MINS NO PREP.
Carotid Doppler 30 MINS NO PREP.
Echocardiogram 60 MINS NO PREP.
Extremity 15 – 30 MINS NO PREP.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) 15 – 30 MINS NO PREP.
Obstetrical 30 – 45 MINS Finish drinking 20 oz (~2.5 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to arrival time and do NOT empty bladder.
Pelvis (male) 30 MINS Finish drinking 20 oz (~2.5 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to arrival time and do NOT empty bladder.
Pelvis/Groin 30 MINS Finish drinking 20 oz (~2.5 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to arrival time and do NOT empty bladder.
Pelvis/TRP (transrectal) 30 MINS Take a fleet enema or glycerine suppository 2 hours prior to your arrival time AND finish drinking 20 oz (~2.5 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to arrival time. Do NOT empty bladder.
Pelvis/TVP (transvaginal) 30 MINS Finish drinking 32 oz (~4 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to arrival time and DO NOT empty bladder.
Portal Venous Doppler 30 MINS AM Appt: nothing to eat/drink from midnight.
PM Appt: nothing to eat/drink for 6 hours prior to arrival time.
Do NOT chew gum or smoke before exam.
Renal Doppler for hypertension 30 – 45 MINS AM Appt: nothing to eat/drink from midnight. PM Appt: nothing to eat/drink x 6 hours prior to exam. Do NOT chew gum or smoke before exam.
Salivary Glands 30 MINS NO PREP.
Scrotal 30 MINS NO PREP.
Thyroid/Neck 30 MINS NO PREP.
Venous for DVT (both sides) 60 MINS NO PREP.
Venous for DVT (single side) 30 MINS NO PREP.
Venous for Reflux (single side) 30 MINS NO PREP.
Venous for Reflux (both sides) 60 MINS NO PREP.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE PROCEDURES
Bone Scan PART 1: 15 MINS
PART 2: 30 – 60 MINS
NO PREP. Drink 25 – 35 oz (~3 – 4 cups) of fluid between Part 1 and Part 2.
Gastric Empyting Study 2 HOURS Fasting 8 – 12 hours. Bring uncooked egg and 2 slices of bread.
Myocardial Perfusion Study 1 – Day Protocol 4 – 5 HOURS Nothing to eat/drink x 4 hours (diabetics x 3 hours). No caffeine x 12 hours. May need to discontinue some medications as directed by technologist during Part 1.
Myocardial Perfusion Study Part 1 (rest) 75 MINS NO PREP. Bring list of current medications.
Myocardial Perfusion Study Part 2 (stress) 2 – 3 HOURS Nothing to eat/drink x 4 hours (diabetics x 3 hours). No caffeine x 12 hours. May need to discontinue some medications as directed by technologist during Part 1.