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How to Prepare for Your Imaging Procedure

Last updated 4 years ago

Imaging procedures such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans are safe and effective ways for your doctor to diagnose medical conditions. Before you head to the hospital for your appointment, call and ask about any special preparations you need to carry out. Most imaging studies require little to no preparation; however, this depends on the exact type of exam you’re going to have. Sometimes, you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a short time. In general, it’s best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t feature metallic items, such as zippers.

Leave other metallic items at home, such as jewelry. Before you have the exam, inform the technologist if you have hearing aids or dentures, or any implanted devices such as artificial joints, pacemakers, or a cochlear implant. Let the technologist know if there is a possibility you could be pregnant or if you have any allergies.

If you have any questions about your upcoming imaging exam, call Palms of Pasadena Hospital at (855) 245-8328. We invite residents of the St. Petersburg area to explore our services on our website, including stroke care, emergency care, and orthopedic surgery.


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