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“I had such a great experience at the Meadowlands Hospital! From ER Registration to nurses, anesthesiologist to my doctor – everyone was very professional and nice but most importantly caring! This is what makes this hospital great!"
— Emma R., Meadowlands Hospital Same Day Surgery Patient, May 2017

“MHMC Staff made me feel comfortable and at ease at all times. Nurses always made sure my bed was made and cleaned. I never knew hospital food could be so good. Great meals! Nurses were helpful – amazing staff. For my first C-section, there is no way I could have done it without my nurses. Thank you. Nurses made sure I was in no pain and kept up with me as much as possible. Everyone was friendly and polite. Staff made me feel like family and they honestly cared. At first I was very nervous because it was my first time in this hospital – after my experience I will recommend this hospital to everyone. One of the best hospitals I have ever been to – please keep up the good work!”
— Amanda R., Meadowlands Hospital HCAHPS/Postpartum Patient, February 2017

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Scheduling/Confirmation Protocol
Blood Work

Blood work is needed for all patients over 60 years old. In addition, please tell us if you are a diabetic, hypertensive or have kidney problems. If you have diabetes, hypertension or have kidney problems, you must have blood work done prior to the exam, particularly a BUN, Creatinine and GFR. (The technologists need this information to determine if you can have the contrast. If the levels are out of normal range, the kidneys may not filter the contrast.) If you have had blood work within the previous 14 days, you do not need a new test. Just call the doctor for a copy of the results. If not, you will need a prescription for the blood work, and will either have to come in the day before, or the morning of. The exam will not be performed without the results.

If you have any Allergies

If you are having a contrast exam, please tell us what types of allergies, if any, you have. Allergies to shellfish and iodine are especially important to know.

Images Requirements

If you were recently seen for this problem, please bring in copies of any other Images or reports.

Arrival Time

Please be at the Radiology Department/Outpatient Registration a minimum of 30 minutes before your exam.

GI Series (ordered for digestive problems)
  • NPO after midnight the previous evening.
  • Medicine is allowed if taken with small amount of water.
Small Bowel (ordered for digestive problems)
  • NPO after midnight the previous evening.
  • Medicine is allowed if taken with small amount of water.
Barium Swallow/Esophagram (ordered for swallowing problems)
  • You can eat the morning of the exam.
  • Medicine is allowed if taken with small amount of water.
Video Swallow (ordered for swallowing problems)
  • This exam is set up through Speech Pathology.
  • You will be asked to eat crackers with contrast on them
  • Patient can eat the morning of the exam.
  • Medicine is allowed if taken with small amount of water.
Barium Enema (ordered for large intestine problems)
  • Purchase Fleet Prep Kit #2 in local pharmacy, and follow 18-hour prep instructions.
  • NPO after midnight the previous evening.
  • If you have a colostomy, please let us know so we may alert the technologist.
Air-Contrast Barium Enema (ordered for large intestine problems)
  • Purchase Fleet Prep Kit #2 in local pharmacy, and follow 18-hour prep instructions.
  • NPO after midnight the previous evening.
  • If you have a colostomy, please let us know so we may alert the technologist
IVP (ordered to check kidney function)
  • All patients scheduled for IVP must have blood work (BUN & Creat) before exam.
  • NPO after midnight the previous evening.
  • All Diabetic patients must hold diabetic medication the morning of the examination until after the survey.
  • If you are taking Glucophage, you can take it the morning of the exam, then discontinue use for 48 hours.
Voiding Cystourethrogram VCUG (ordered for bladder/urethra problems)

Brief explanation of exam: A catheter is inserted into through the urethra into the bladder and will be filled with contrast. Once the bladder is full, the catheter will be removed, and you will be asked to void. The technologist will take images throughout the exam.

  • Female patients cannot be menstruating for exam.
  • You can eat light meals leading up to exam.
  • Medicine is allowed if taken with a small amount of water.
Hysterosalpingogram (ordered to determine if fallopian tubes are blocked)

Exam is to be done between day 5-9 of menstrual cycle, counting from the first day of their period.

  • No intercourse after first day of period leading up to exam.
  • Take 400mg of Advil 30 minutes prior to exam.
  • You can resume intercourse after exam.
  • You can eat light meals leading up to exam.
  • Medicine is allowed if taken with small amount of water.
Myelogram (ordered to find problems with spinal cord)
  • You must have a recent CT of the head, no older than 30 days.
  • You needs to have recent blood work, PT/PTT, and INR for this exam.
  • If you are on blood thinner, you will need to stop accordingly:
    Coumadin – 4 days
    Heparin – 24 hours
    Aspirin – 24 hours
    Any medication not listed, check with technologist.
  • You can eat light meals leading up to exam.
Cisternogram (ordered to find leaks in the spinal cord and fluid in brain)
  • You must have recent CT of the head no older than 30 days.
  • You need to have had recent blood work, PT/PTT, and INR for this exam. 
  • If you are on blood thinner, you need to stop accordingly:
    Coumadin – 4 days
    Heparin – 24 hours
    Aspirin – 24 hours
    Any medication not listed, check with technologist.
  • You can eat light meals leading up to exam.
Spinal Tap (ordered to remove fluid from spinal cord)
  • You must have recent CT of the head no older than 30 days.
  • You need to have had recent blood work, PT/PTT, and INR for this exam. 
  • If you are on blood thinner, you will need to stop accordingly:
    Coumadin – 4 days
    Heparin – 24 hours
    Aspirin – 24 hours
    Any medication not listed, check with technologist.
  • You can eat light meals leading up to exam.
Arthrogram (ordered to check ligaments and tendons around a joint)
  • You can eat light.
  • Medicine can be taken with a small amount of water.
Venogram

Let us know why your doctor is ordering exam. Be sure to speak to the Radiologist before scheduling the exam.

Gallbladder

This exam is no longer available in X-Ray; see Ultrasound, CT or Nuclear Medicine.