Exam Prep

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Depending on the type of imaging you require, you may need to fast, drink extra water or swallow a contrast material to help make your images clearer. Your prep may vary based on your medical history and condition. Particularly let us know if:

  • You are or may be pregnant
  • You have an allergy to iodine or contrast — you may need an order from your referring provider for a prescription medication to take in advance to keep you save during your scan
  • You have implants (heart stent, heart valve replacement, pacemaker, brain aneurysm clip), surgical pins or staples, tattoos, body piercings or any other metal in your body, if you’re having an MRI (you can read more about this on our MRI services page).

If your exam is not listed below, there is no preparation you need to do prior to your exam. If you are unsure or have questions, you may contact the provider who referred you for a medical imaging exam or you can call us at (360) 255-6330 for more information.

CT

  • Abdomen (With IV and Oral Contrast) — Arrive at Bellingham Advanced Medical Imaging 60 minutes prior to exam with no food or drink for two (2) hours prior to check-in.
  • Abdomen–Pelvis (With IV and Oral Contrast) — Arrive at Bellingham Advanced Medical Imaging 90 minutes prior to exam with no food or drink for two (2) hours prior to check-in.
  • Abdomen–Pelvis (With IV and No Oral Contrast [IVP]) — Arrive at Bellingham Advanced Medical Imaging 10 minutes prior to exam with no food or drink for two (2) hours prior to check-in.
  • Enterography Exams — Call us at (360) 255-6330 and dial 1406 for exam preparation instructions.

MRI

  • Cholangiopancreatogram (MRCP) — No food or drink for four (4) hours prior to check-in.
  • Pancreas Exams — No food or drink for four (4) hours prior to check-in.

Ultrasound

  • Abdomen — No food or drink for eight (8) hours prior to check in. Small sips of water OK for taking medication.
  • Obstetric — Arrive with a full bladder.
  • Pelvis — Arrive with a full bladder.
  • Retroperitoneum — Arrive with a full bladder.
  • Sonohysterogram — Arrive with a full bladder.