MSHA Diagnostic Imaging, MRI, PET Scan, Ultrasound, X-Ray, CT Scan in the Tri Cities

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Preparations for Ultrasound


  • For ultrasound of the aorta, you may need to avoid eating for eight hours before the test.

Gallbladder, Liver, Spleen & Pancreas (Adult)

  • Do not eat or drink eight (8) hours before exam 
  • For a study of the liver, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas, you may be asked to eat a fat-free meal the evening before the test and then to avoid eating for eight hours before the test.

OB (Adult)

  • For pregnancies under 13 weeks no preparation for the exam is required
  • For pregnancies over 13 weeks preparation is required.
    • Drink 32 oz. of non-carbonated fluids one(1) hour prior to exam.
    • Do not empty bladder during this hour.  Exam requires full bladder.

Pelvic (Adult)

  • Drink 32 oz. of on-carbonated fluids one(1) hour prior to exam and do not empty bladder  

Renal (Kidneys)

  • For ultrasound of the kidneys, you may be asked to drink four to six glasses of liquid about an hour before the test.

Stereotatic Breast Biopsy

  • You may eat a light breakfast on the day of your procedure.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit on the day of your stereotactic procedure.
  • Avoid using talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your biopsy.
  • Since you will be lying on your stomach during this procedure, you will be asked to empty your bladder prior to beginning the test.
  • Many patients prefer to bring someone along to drive them home.




Preparations can vary for each procedure. Please consult your physician for proper preparation.