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PATIENTS - Pre-Appointment Do's and Don'ts

Carefully read the Do’s and Don’ts for your exam below to help ensure a smooth and timely experience with us. If your exam is not listed, or you have any questions, call our office at 805.604.9500 or email info@palmsimaging.com.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to allow for registration.

Inform our office immediately if you think you may be pregnant.


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Mammography

Do’s:

Do inform our office of any previous mammograms you have had and where we may retrieve copies of the results.

Do wear a two-piece outfit for easy changing of upper garments.


Don’ts

Don’t wear lotion, deodorant, or perfume on your breasts or underarms if possible.

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MRI / MRA

Do’s:

Do inform our office at least 24 hours before your appointment if you:

· Are claustrophobic, or feel uncomfortable in enclosed spaces;

· Have a pacemaker, brain aneurism clip, artificial heart valve(s) or vascular stent(s), nerve stimulator, metal fragment in the eyes, or metallic imprints.

Do arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment if you are receiving sedation for your scan.

Do wear comfortable clothing without metal clips, buttons, or decorations.

Do take any medicines as prescribed.

Don’ts:

Don’t wear jewelry to your appointment.

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CT with contrast or CTA

Do’s:

Do inform our office at least 24 hours before your exam if you:

· Are over 65 years old;

· Have a history of renal disease;

· Have diabetes;

· Have hypertension;

· Have severe allergies.

Do wear comfortable clothing.

Do take any medicines as prescribed.

Don’ts:

Don’t eat or drink anything except water during the four hours before your appointment.

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PET/CT

Do’s

Do take any medicines as prescribed as long as they can be taken without food.

Do inform our office at least 24 hours before your exam if you:

· Have diabetes;

· Are taking a prescribed oral medication;

· Need to reschedule or cancel your appointment. NOTE: Failure to do so within 24 hours may result in a $200 dose fee. Please call for details.

Do wear comfortable clothes.


Don’ts

Don’t eat or drink anything during the six hours before your appointment. This includes chewing gum, chewing tobacco, hard candy, and mints. If necessary, you may drink water.

Don’t exercise during the 24 hours before your appointment.


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Ultrasound of the…

…Abdomen

Do’s

Do take any medicines as described.

Don’ts

Don’t eat or drink during the eight hours before your appointment.

…Pelvis or Kidney

Do’s

Do drink eight ounces of water every 15 minutes for a total of one hour before your appointment. (Should be a total of four, 8 oz. Glasses.)


Don’ts

Don’t empty your bladder for two hours before your appointment. This exam requires a full bladder.

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All other exams

There is no special preparation needed for all other types of exams. If you are unsure of the Do’s and Don’ts of your exam, please call our office for assistance.

 


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