Tests, Screenings & Preparations

Receiving an accurate diagnosis is the first step in designing a treatment plan for your specific disease or condition. At Placentia-Linda Hospital, we offer a range of screenings and tests to help reach that diagnosis. Among them are:

BONE DENSITOMETRY

This test uses low-energy X-rays to scan the lower back, hip or forearm. This helps to diagnose osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and makes them more brittle and susceptible to fracture.

Preparing for Your Bone Densitometry Visit:

  • Please wear comfortable clothing for your exam.

  • You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently. But, please refrain from taking any prescription or over-the-counter calcium supplements for 72 hours prior to the exam.

Following your visit:

  • Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.

  • We will send you a reminder card in one year.

CT SCAN

A CT scan combines X-rays and computer scans to create images of the body. The result is a detailed image that can show problems with soft tissues, organs and bones. It has the ability to produce CTA studies (angiography) of the aorta and pulmonary arteries. Additionally, this CT system has an independent workstation for 3-D multi-format imaging.

Preparing for your visit:

  • Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.

  • For all CT exams, please wear comfortable clothing.

Chest:

  • No food or drink 4 hours prior to the exam.

  • Bring recent chest X-rays for correlation and planning.

Abdomen (Oral Prep Only):

  • Please pick up oral contrast prep from the Imaging Center and drink prep one hour prior to the scheduled procedure time.

Abdomen (Oral and I.V. Constrats):

  • No food or drink 4 hours prior to the exam.

  • Please pick up oral contrast prep from the Imaging Center and drink it one hour prior to your appointment time.

Pelvis (Oral Only):

  • Please pick up 2 bottles of oral contrast prep from the Imaging Center and drink 1 bottle 2 hours prior to your appointment and the 2nd one 1 hour prior to your appointment time

Abdomen and Pelvis (Oral and I.V. Contrast):

  • No food or drink 4 hours prior to the exam.

  • Please pick up 2 bottles of oral contrast prep from the Imaging Center and drink 1 bottle 2 hours prior to your appointment and the 2nd one 1 hour prior to your appointment time.

DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY

A digital mammography uses x-rays to visualize abnormalities in breast tissue. The equipment is used to detect breast cancer as early as possible, which generally improves the effectiveness of treatment.

Preparing for your Mammography Visit

  • When making an appointment, please let us know if you have a primary care physician or if you have a physician’s order for your screening mammogram. If you are in need of a primary care physician, please contact us at 1-800-262-5051 and we can help you find the right doctor to fit your needs.

  • Please wash all deodorant and/or powder off the breast and underarms prior to your exam. Please also refrain from wearing lotions and perfumes, or any other products on your upper torso as they may contain minerals that interfere with the results of your study.

  • We recommend you wear a two-piece outfit so that you will only need to disrobe from the waist up.

  • If your previous films are not available the day of your exam, the reading of the mammogram will be delayed.

  • Please notify your technologist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.

Following your visit

  • Our Affiliated Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.

  • We will send you a reminder card in one year.

MRI

An MRI provides detailed pictures of the inside of the body using strong magnets and radio waves. It is notable for its ability to provide greater spatial resolution of images. ​

Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

An added feature of our “true open” MRI is the MRI Breast Coil which provides a complete overview of the breast and surrounding tissue. With the openness of the MRI unit and 270-degree unobstructed view, the patient’s comfort is a key benefit.

"True open high field” MRI

Your comfort is a key benefit with the openness of our MRI unit.  It is a “true open” MRI and provides a 270-degree unobstructed view. You won’t have to go into a “tube” anymore to get high resolution images. This feature will ease your mind and provide a more satisfying experience. An MRI provides detailed pictures of the inside of the body using strong magnets and radio waves. It is notable for its ability to provide greater spatial resolution of images.

  • It is important to let our scheduler know if you have any metal implants, brain aneurysm clips, a heart pacemaker or defibrillator, ferrous metal in the eye or any other implanted material, as these may be contraindications to your exam. Your physician can consult with our radiologist to determine the appropriate test for you.

  • If you are at least 50 years of age and will be receiving an intravenous contrast agent in conjunction with your MRI exam, you will need to have completed recent blood work prior to your exam. Please be sure to discuss with your physician prior to your scheduled exam date.

  • Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation. This is especially important for Spine and Musculoskeletal MRI exams.

  • Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.

On the day of your visit:

  • Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation. This is especially important for Spine and Musculoskeletal MRI exams.

  • Please notify the technologist of any prior surgeries or injuries where metal may be inside the body.

For an MRCP

  • No food or drink 8 hours prior to your procedure.

All other exams:

No preparation is required.

Other helpful hints:

  • The exam takes about an hour, during which time you will need to lie still on a comfortable padded table. You are encouraged to bring a favorite, relaxing CD to listen to during the exam.

  • We will try to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam. If you experience discomfort at any time, you will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom system.

  • During the exam, you will hear humming, clicking and thumping sounds coming from the equipment. There is no need for alarm, as these sounds are part of the normal functioning of this type of equipment.

  • For optimal imaging quality, it is important for you to remain as still as possible during your exam. Your technologist will provide pillows and pads to help you become comfortably positioned.

  • Wear comfortable clothing that is free from any metal, such as buttons and zippers. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a gown during your exam. Female patients may also wear a sports bra.

  • Leave jewelry, hair pins and any metallic objects at home.

STEREOTACTIC BREAST BIOPSY

This breast cancer imaging option produces stereo images — images of the same area from different angles. This helps to determine the exact location for the biopsy, where a sample of breast tissue is then removed with a needle.

ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to produce 3D/4D images of the inside of the body, such as the uterus of an expectant mother.

X-RAY

An X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to create images of bones and organs.

Let Placentia-Linda connect you with a physician

Call (888) 573-2462 to be connected to an imaging specialist who can help you. You can also read more in our Health Library.

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