How do I prepare?
Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours before your test.
What will my exam be like?
You will be instructed to change into a gown. This is to remove all metal from the area of interest. This also will protect your clothes from getting stained. The technologist will greet you and ask a few questions about your identity and the reason you are being tested. If you are allergic to iodine, please let your technologist know at this time. You will be asked to lie on your back on a special tilting table. You will be tilted up into a semi-erect position. A tourniquet will be tied around your calf and another one above the knee. An IV will be started in your foot and iodinated contrast will be injected through the veins. The technologist will take x-ray images as the contrast moves up your leg. The technologist will then take one final abdomen picture after the tourniquets are removed. Once your exams are read by our radiologists, it usually takes two to three business days for your doctor to get a copy of your report..
What do I do after the exam?
Unless you are on a fluid restricted diet, drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day for the next two days. Watch around your IV site for redness or swelling. Keep it covered until you get home. Also watch for allergy type symptoms. Should they occur, please contact your doctor or call us at 356-8117.
If you take some form of metformin for diabetes, please do not take it for the next two days and call your doctor before you start taking it again.