Test Preparation

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Medical Procedure Test Preparation

To help our patients understand our test preparation procedures, we have outlined the steps below that must be followed for a successful test outcome.

Please keep in mind, if you do not follow the steps listed, your test may have to be rescheduled.

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Cardiac Nuclear Stress Testing

  1. Please allow 3 hours for your test.
  2. If your appointment is before noon, please come to the test without eating or drinking. (No caffeine after midnight).
  3. If your appointment is in the afternoon, please have a light meal in AM and allow 3 hours without food prior to your appointment time.
  4. If you are taking B-Blockers or Persatine as part of your medicines, please do not take a dose on the day of your test.
  5. Wear proper attire and shoes. (Ex. Comfortable walking shoes, button-up shirt, loose fitting clothes, no dresses, no boots, no T-shirts).

Ultrasound

  • Abdomen – Nothing to eat or drink after midnight, you may take your medication with water.
  • Abdomen/Pelvis – Nothing to eat or drink after midnight, you may take your medication and drink plenty of fluids because your bladder MUST be extremely full.
  • Pelvis – Drink plenty of fluids because your bladder MUST be extremely full.
  • Aorta – Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Please inform the receptionist if you have a pacemaker. (Absolutely no Pacemakers are allowed!)
  • Please do not wear or bring any metal with you, it is not allowed in the MRI room.
  • Complete the attached document and bring it back with you to your appointment.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.

Your MRI scan will be performed here at the office, please enter through the front and sign in with a receptionist.

If you have any questions or concerns about your exam, please call and speak to the MRI Technologist.

Hours are 8:30 to 5:30 Monday – Friday; (850) 584-3278

Prep for Nuclear Medicine

  • Bone Scan – No Prep
  • Renal Scan – No Prep
  • Liver and SpleenLIVER/SPLEEN – No prep
  • Parathroid Scan – No Prep
  • MUGA Scan – No Prep

CT Scan

IF YOU HAVE ANY ALLERGIES OR ARE PREGNANT TELL THE PHYSICIAN AND THE TECHNOLOGIST

For an abdomen and/or pelvis CT Scan, you will need to eat a LIGHT supper the night before your test. You will be given 3 bottles of contrast to drink to coat your insides.; Please drink the bottles of contrast at the following times.

  1. Drink one bottle the night before your test after your LIGHT meal.
  2. You may NOT have any breakfast on the morning of your appointment.
  3. You may take any medication you need with water.
  4. Drink the second bottle of contrast two hours before your appointment time.
  5. Drink the third bottle one half hour before your scan is to begin.

If you have any questions or need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please feel free to call 850-584-3278.

Hepatobiliary Scan(HIDA SCAN)

  1. Please allow 45 Minutes – 2 hours for your test.
  2. Please eat a fatty meal the night prior to your test.
  3. Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your appointment.
  4. If your appointment is in the afternoon pleas have a LIGHT meal in the AM and allow 4 – 6 hours without food or drink prior to your appointment time.

Thyroid Uptake and Scan

This is a 2 day, 3 phase study. You may eat and drink throughout the whole study.

  1. Phase 1: Plan on being here about 10-15 minutes. You will receive your radioisotope dose and return in 5-6 hours.
  2. Phase 2: Return 5-6 hours later for the uptake and scan.; Plan on being here about 1 hour.
  3. Phase 3: Return the next day, at the same time you received your dose from Phase 1 and plan on being here about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Stop all thyroid medicines 3 weeks before the study.
  5. No iodinated contrast 1 month before this study, which includes IVP, CT Scan, Heart Catherization, Etc.
  6. No antihistamines 1 week before this study which includes Cough, Sinus, Cold, Flu over the counter or prescription medicines.
  7. DO NOT take your thyroid medicines until the study is completed.

Minor surgeries: Skin Lesion / Suture Removals


Please come on time with at least 2 hour fasting. Please inform us if you have any allergies to anesthetics.