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Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital

Exam Preparation

Radiography or X- ray

Radiography or X-ray is a diagnostic procedure which involves the safe use of radiation which passes through the body and captured by a detector/digital cassette on the other side to produce images of the body.  Images are then processed and stored on a special computer system within the hospital which is able to communicate with other health centers in the region. Some exams may require metal jewelry or clothing to be removed to avoid any obstructing objects on the image.  Gowns are provided for wear to provide each patient with privacy.

 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a diagnostic scan that uses sound waves and detectors passed over the body part to produce an image on the monitor. It does not use X-rays. It is used for organ evaluation, blood flow, pregnancy, identification of lesions for biopsy, and evaluation of the heart muscle and valves.

Pelvic, Pregnancy and Urinary Tract

Drink plenty of fluids (4-6 glasses) starting about 1½ hours before the test, as the bladder must feel uncomfortably full.  Do not empty the bladder until the scan is completed. (All pregnancy scans must have a full bladder.)

Abdominal

Do not eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the scan.

Abdominal and Pelvic

Do not eat for 12 hours before the scan.
You may drink water only for 12 hours before the scan.
Drink 4-6 glasses of water starting about 1½ hours before the scan, as the bladder must feel uncomfortably full.  Do not empty the bladder until the scan is completed.

Kidney only, Breast, Venus, Doppler’s

No preparation necessary
 

I.V.P. (Intravenous Pyelogram)

I.V.P.Report to Diagnostic Imaging - Radiology Department.

Please bring your Health Card to your appointment.

An Intravenous Pyelogram (I.V.P.) is a test which is performed in the X-ray Department. It is an x-ray that takes pictures of the kidneys, the ureters (the tubes that pass from your kidneys to your bladder), and your bladder.

Preparation

Notify the technologist if you are diabetic and taking the medication metformin, as blood test results will need to be checked.

Notify the technologist if you have any allergies (especially to iodine or seafood) or if you have asthma, hay fever or a heart condition.

Do not eat or drink anything after 6:00 p.m. the night before the test and until the test is complete. Dehydration is not recommended, you may drink up to 10oz if clear fluids.
You may continue to take any prescribed medication with a small amount of water.

You will be asked to put on a hospital gown.

You will be asked to sign a consent form.

You will be asked to empty your bladder (void) before you start the exam.

Do not wear jewelry to your appointment.

Children may not be left unattended in the Waiting Room.
 

Procedure

In the X-ray Department you will be asked to lie on a special table.

An X-ray dye will be injected into a vein in your arm.

After the injection of the contrast agent you may feel warm and flushed, and have a metallic or salty taste in your mouth, or feel nauseated. This will go away after a few minutes.

If you feel itchy, have difficulty breathing, have a tightness in your chest or have other unusual symptoms, tell the technologist immediately.

At times you may be asked to hold your breath.

You may be asked to void before the last X-ray picture is taken.

This test takes about 45 minutes on average. Delayed films may be requested and you will be asked to return to the department.
 

After the Test

Return to your normal diet and activity.

Drink enough fluids to replace those lost as you were preparing for the test.

If you develop hives, skin rashes or swelling, notify radiology or go to the emergency department.

 

Ontario North West Local Health Integration Network

Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital is proudly funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Community and Social Services/Ministry of Child and Youth Services.