Preparation for exams

No preparation is required. Please advise us if you think you are pregnant.

When coming in for your exam, be sure to bring :

  • The original request signed by your doctor
  • Your valid Medicare card (RAMQ)
ESOPHAGUS, UPPER DIGESTIVE TRACT (STOMACH), SMALL INTESTINE AND BARIUM ENEMA
Fasting : do not eat, drink or smoke after 22h the night before the exam.

BARIUM ENEMA DOUBLE CONTRAST
 
A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE EXAM , YOU MUST PROVIDE:

- 1 bottle of Citro-Mag
- 3 tablets of Dulcolax 5 mg
- 1 Suppository of Dulcolax 10mg
 

BE SURE TO FOLLOW EACH STEP AND COMPLETE ALL INSTRUCTIONS LISTED BELOW OR THE ENTIRE PROCEDURE MAY HAVE TO BE REPEATED
IMPORTANT: A High fluid intake is essential. You MUST dring a large glass (225 ml = 8 oz) of fluid at specified time. Dring especially WATER , otherwise black coffee, plain tea , soft drinks, fruit juices SIEVED. NO MILK OR CREAM
ON THE DAY BEFORE TOUR EXAMINATION
12 h : Liquid lunch: clear soup (consommé), plain gelatine (from fruit flavoured jelly powder NOT RED), 225 ml (8 oz) of fluid. NO MILK PRODUCTS

12 h 30 (or ½ hour after lunch) : Drink entire bottle of CITRO-MAG over ice. A strong bowel cleansing action should be expected 3 to 6 hours after drinking this preparation

13 h : 225 ml (8 oz) of recommanded fluids

15 h : Take all 3 DULCOLAX tablets with a large glass of water. Do not crush or chew tablets. Swallow tablets whole, one at a time

16 h : 225 ml (8 oz) of recommanded fluids

17 h : Liquid dinner: clear soup (consommé), plain gelatine (from fruit flavoured jelly powder), 225 ml (8 oz) of fluid. NO MILK PRODUCTS

18 h : 225 ml (8 oz) of recommanded fluids

21 h : 225 ml (8 oz) of recommanded fluids

22 h : Remove foil wrapping from DULCOLAX suppository. Insert suppository in the rectumas far as possible. Wait at least 10-15 minutes before evacuating even if the urge is strong.

Bedtime : 225 ml (8 oz) of recommanded fluids. Drink additional quantities of the recommanded fluidsif up during the night

ON THE DAY OF YOUR EXAMINATION
No food until after the examination is completed. One glass of fluids is allowed prior to the examination. NO MILK PRODUCTS

EXAMS WITH NO PREPARATION
Arthrography and infiltrations* : No preparation. If your have allergies, the iodine contrast can sometimes be replaced by air contrast.

Distensive arthrography of the shoulder *No preparation, make sure to have an appointment with a physiotherapist in the following 24 to 48 hours to facilitate the physiotherapy exercises while the shoulder is less sensitive as a result of the injection of long-term anesthetic.

Facet blocks*,No preparation

*Provide the images of relevant previous radiological examinations that are dating back less than 4 months.
Abdominal and renal ultrasound
Renal and digestive Doppler
Be fasting: do not eat, drink or smoke at least 5 hours before the exam.

Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound
Drink 700 ml (3 large glasses) of water only 1:30 before the scheduled appointment. Do not take anything else. Do not urinate before the end of the examination.

 

Obstetrical (fetal) ultrasound
Pelvic ultrasound
Pelvic endo-vaginal ultrasound
Drink 700 ml (3big glasses) of liquid 1h30 before the time of the appointment. Do not urinate before the exam.

Prostatic trans-rectal ultrasound
Obtain a FLEET enema at the pharmacy and administer as recommended one hour before the exam.

Prostatic trans-rectal biopsy
(Bring PSA result: a biopsy is usually done if the PSA is 4 or more)
- Obtain a FLEET enema at the pharmacy and administer as recommended one hour before the exam.

- With a doctor's prescription, get 3 tablets of Cipro XL 1000mg: take one the day before your exam, one on the day of your exam and the last one the day after your exam.

- With your doctor agreement, stop any anticoagulant a week before the exam (NSAIDs, Coumadin, Entrophen, Novasen, Aspirin, Plavix, Ticlid).

When coming for your exam, be sure to have:
  • The original request signed by your doctor
  • Your valid Medicare card to open your file
  • The payment for your examination
  • The images on CD and copies of reports from previous exams related to your requested examination.
  • Please make sure to have the MRI contraindications form completed by your doctor. If not available, our secretary will complete it with you over the phone.
  • On the day of the exam, do not wear makeup or jewelry
  • For abdominal MRI, be fasting 4 hours before the exam

When coming for your exam, be sure to bring:

  • The original exam request signed by your doctor
  • Your valid Medicare card (RAMQ) for opening your file
  • Payment for your examination
  • For an optimal interpretation of the images, it is important to bring with you on the day of your appointment, all images and reports of previous examinations or surgery related to the MRI exam that you will pass at our clinic
  • Do not take any calcium supplement less than 48 hours before the exam.
  • Do not undergo any exam with barium or nuclear medicine less than 10 days before.

When coming in for your exam, make sure to bring:

  • The original exam request signed by your doctor
  • Your valid health insurance card (RAMQ)

If your breasts are sensitive it is preferable to avoid coffee, tea, chocolate and colas during the two weeks prior to the exam. For the same reason, it is recommended to pass the mammography within ten days of the start of your period or when your breasts are less sensitive. You can take two Tylenol 1 hour before the exam.

Do not use deodorant, powder, cream or perfume on your breasts and armpits. These products cause false images that can be mistaken for lesions.

We suggest you wear two-piece clothing as you only need to remove the top to complete the exam.

To reduce any anxiety which may be related to the mammography exam or complementary tests, we suggest to:

  • Make a list of all the questions you want to ask your doctor. Feel free to share openly your fears and concerns. We encourage you to write down the answers we give you.
  • If you wish, you may be accompanied by another person as two people often retain more elements and details.
  • Ask when you should be getting your exam results so as not to worry unnecessarily

IF YOU HAVE BREAST PROSTHETICS, MENTION IT WHEN MAKING YOUR APPOINTMENT.

IF YOU MUST UNDERGO ADDITIONAL BREAST MAMMOGRAPHY, PREPARE AS FOR THE SCREENING MAMMOGRAPHY.

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