PACE Medical Imaging and Cardiology

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Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment and bring your health card to your appointment.

Please provide 48 hours advance notice if you are unable to keep this appointment.

Patient Preparation Instructions

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Vascular, Thyroid & Musculoskeletal

  • No preparation required.

Abdominal

  • Nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your examination (except to swallow necessary medications).

Obstetrical or Pelvic

  • You need a full bladder
  • Finish drinking 40 fluid ounces or 1.25 litres of water (5 glasses of 8 oz or 227ml) 1 hour before your examination.
  • Do not void.

Combination Pelvic & Abdominal

  • Nothing to eat for 8 hours but complete drinking 40 ounces or 1.25 litres of water 1 hour before your examination.
  • Do not void.

Abdomen Limited for Hernia

  • No preparation required.

Biliary Scan

  • Nothing to eat or drink for at least 4 hours prior to the study, preferably after midnight the night before.

Bone Scan

  • The bone scan protocol consists of 2 parts. The first portion lasts approximately 30 minutes. The patient can then leave the clinic, but must return 2-4 hours later for imaging, which lasts 1-1.5 hours.

Thyroid Scan

  • Check with your physician regarding medications and supplements.
  • Bring in all your current prescription medications in original bottles.
  • The study will take approximately 30 minutes.

Thyroid Update

  • Nothing to eat or drink for at least 4 hours prior to the study, preferably after midnight the night before.
  • Thyroid medication or food containing iodine will affect the results.
  • Check with your physician regarding medication and supplements.
  • Avoid X-ray using iodine based contrast for 3 weeks prior to the study
  • Bring in all your current prescription medications in original bottles.
  • The study takes 2 days: on Day 1, a capsule is taken orally and measurement is taken in 1 hour; on Day 2, the measurement is taken within 15 minutes.

Captopril Renal Scan

  • Consists of 2 days.
  • Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to the study on both days.
  • Drink 4 glasses of water 1 hour prior to the study on both days.
  • Check with your physician regarding possible discontinuation of medication.

Nuclear Cardiology Preparation (MPI)

*The exam requires 2 visits on separate days. Each visit takes approximately 2 hours.

  • No caffeine 24 hours prior to test.
  • No tea, coffee, chocolate, cola, Tylenol #1, 2 or 3, Excedrin Migraine, decaffeinated, herbal or energy drinks.
  • Milk, juice, water and regular foods are permitted.
  • Fasting is not required.
  • Bring in all your current prescription medications in original bottles.
  • Please consult your doctor regarding stopping certain medications prior to cardiac stressing: Beta Blockers (48 hrs), Erectile dysfunction Rx (48 hrs), Calcium Channel Blockers (24 hrs). DO NOT STOP MEDICATION ON YOUR OWN.
  • Bring or wear comfortable clothing and running shoes for the exercise stress test.
  • Do not apply any creams, lotions, or Vaseline on your skin or chest area.
  • No appointment or preparation required.