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X-ray & Fluoroscopy Preparation


X-rays at Detroit Medical Center are available on a walk-in basis; no appointments are required. For help finding an x-ray/fluoroscopy location, call 888-DMC-2500.

 

Fluoroscopy tests can be scheduled by calling 888-DMC-2500.

Important: The preparations listed on these pages DO NOT APPLY TO CHILDREN.

You should ALWAYS check with your doctor before stopping any of your medications.

Arthrogram

Prep: None

 

Barium Enema

Prep:

Purchase 3 days before:

1) Miralax from a pharmacy (8.3 oz bottle)

2) Dulcolax laxative (not stool softener)

Ok to substitute a generic brand.  

No prescription needed for either one.

3) 64 oz. Gatorade (or G2 low calorie Gatorade) – Not red or purple!

 

Day before exam:

Drink only clear liquids –no solid foods, milk or milk products. No Coke or Pepsi. No alcoholic beverages.

Take 2 Dulcolax tablets at 3:00 pm

At 5:00 pm, mix Gatorade and the entire package of Miralax. Shake until dissolved. Start drinking 8 oz. of the mix every 10 minutes until it is gone.  If you’re nauseous you can drink the mix more slowly.  Some people find that walking around relieves the nausea. 

You will begin having diarrhea usually within 1-2 hours. Although this is unpleasant, it allows your doctor to perform a thorough exam. If you have not started going within 5 hours, call the doctor – you may have to reschedule.

Swallow the other two Dulcolax tablets at about 8:00 pm.

Note: Failure to follow these instructions may result in a repeat prep and exam, which may not be covered by your insurance. 

 

Esophagram (BA Swallow, Modified Barium Study, Cookie Study)

Prep: Have only a light evening meal the day prior to your appointment.  Nothing to eat after midnight the night before your exam.  You may drink water only.

 

Gastrografin Enema

Prep:

Purchase 3 days before:

1) Miralax from a pharmacy (8.3 oz bottle)

2) Dulcolax laxative (not stool softener)

Ok to substitute a generic brand.  

No prescription needed for either one.

3) 64 oz. Gatorade (or G2 low calorie Gatorade) – Not red or purple!

 

Day before exam:

Drink only clear liquids –no solid foods, milk or milk products. No Coke or Pepsi. No alcoholic beverages.

Take 2 Dulcolax tablets at 3:00 pm

At 5:00 pm, mix Gatorade and the entire package of Miralax. Shake until dissolved. Start drinking 8 oz. of the mix every 10 minutes until it is gone.  If you’re nauseous you can drink the mix more slowly.  Some people find that walking around relieves the nausea. 

You will begin having diarrhea usually within 1-2 hours. Although this is unpleasant, it allows your doctor to perform a thorough exam. If you have not started going within 5 hours, call the doctor – you may have to reschedule.

Swallow the other two Dulcolax tablets at about 8:00 pm.

Note: Failure to follow these instructions may result in a repeat prep and exam, which may not be covered by your insurance. 

 

Hysterosalpingiogram

Prep: This exam must be scheduled 7 to 14 days after the first day of your last menstrual period.

 

IVP/Nephrotomogram

Prep: Take 2 Dulcolax tablets the night before the examination. Nothing to eat after 10:00 pm the night before the exam. You may drink water.

 

Myelogram/Lumbar Puncture

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the test. If you take blood thinners, check with your doctor, as you should stop taking the medication for 5 days prior to your exam.

 

Small Bowel

Prep: Have only a light evening meal the day prior to your exam. Nothing to eat after midnight the night before your exam.  You may drink water only.

Notes: For DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital - available mornings only.

 

Upper GI

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before the test if appointment is before 12:00 noon.  If you have an afternoon appointment, do not eat or drink for 8 hours before your appointment time.  Have only a light evening meal the day prior to your exam.  You may take a mild laxative after exam is completed.

 

Upper GI and Small Bowel

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before the test if appointment is before 12:00 noon.  If you have an afternoon appointment, do not eat or drink for 8 hours before your appointment time.  Have only a light evening meal the day prior to your exam.  You may take a mild laxative after exam is completed.


Venogram

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

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