For most X-rays, no special preparation is required; however, the following tests also use x-ray and do require you to follow the preparation instructions prior to your test:
An Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray of the kidneys, ureters and bladder taken after a dye is injected into a vein.
DAY BEFORE EXAM: Drink four 8-ounce glasses of water between 1:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
DAY OF EXAM: You may have coffee, water or juice until 3 hours prior to exam. You may also take medication with water, as prescribed by your physician.
A Barium Enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. During this procedure, barium sulfate is injected into the colon.
DAY BEFORE EXAM: Clear liquids at noon and supper meals. Eat no solid food. Drink six 8-ounce glasses of water between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm. At 5:00 pm drink one bottle of Citrate of Magnesia (10 ounces) At 8:00 pm take two Biscodyl (Dulcolax) pills.
DAY OF EXAM: Insert one Biscodyl (Dulcolax) rectal suppository upon arising. No solid food. You may have coffee, water or juice until one hour prior to the exam.
An Upper GI Series is a series of x-rays of the esophagus. The x-rays are taken after the patient drinks a barium solution.
DAY BEFORE EXAM: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
If you are pregnant, please tell your doctor or a patient representative before your test.