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How Do I Prepare for an X-ray?
Plain x-rays of the chest, abdomen, arms, legs and spine require
no preparation and generally take only a few minutes to complete.
However, street clothes and jewellery must be removed from the
area of interest as they can interfere and cover the anatomy.
Please report to the Admitting Department 30 minutes prior to your
scheduled appointment time.
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
X-ray dye is
injected into a vein. The dye is filtered from the blood by the
kidneys and can be used to demonstrate kidney stones and other
abnormalities of the urinary tract. The dye is removed from the
body in the urine.
- Time to perform - 30 to 60 minutes although
can be longer if stones are present.
- Preparation - If done on an emergency basis
there is no preparation. If the procedure is booked,
a clear fluid diet 1 day before the exam - do not eat solid foods,
eggs, milk or dairy products. A mild laxative should
be taken one day prior as ordered by your doctor. Clear fluids
up to two hours prior to the test.