Projection Plain Radiography (X-Ray)

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Patient Preparation


Plain x-rays of the chest, abdomen, arms, legs, head and spine require no preparation and generally take only a few minutes to complete.

However, street clothes, jewelries, pins and any dense objects will have to be removed from the area of interest as they can interfere and cover the anatomy.

You will have to hold your breath for a few seconds for x-rays of the chest and abdomen area but this is not necessary for x-rays of the arms, legs and head.

Although you may be required to hold awkward positions for a short

period of time, there is no discomfort from the x-ray exposure.



Barium Examinations of the Esophagus, Stomach and Small Intestine

You should be on fasting for 6 to 8 hours prior to the examination.

Do not smoke or chew gum during the fasting  period, as it increases gastric secretions and motility.

It should be ensured that there are no contraindications to the contrast agents used.

Any prescribed medication should be taken with a small amount of water.

Barium Examination of the Large Intestine (Barium Enema):

Take low residue diet for 3 days before the examination.

Take only fluid on the day before the examination.

Be on fasting for 6 to 8 hours prior to the examination.

Take laxatives on the day of the examination to thoroughly cleanse the large bowel.

It should be ensured that there are no contraindications to the contrast agents used.

Examination of the Gallbladder (Oral Cholecystogram)

Take  laxative 2 days prior to the examination.

Light, fat-free diet on the day before the examination.

No food from 18:00 h on the day before the examination until after the examination has been completed.

Liquids (except milk) are allowed.

Examination of the Urinary Tract (Intravenous Urography):

No food for 5 hours prior to the examination. (Dehydration is not necessary.)

Be ambulant for 2 hours prior to the examination to reduce bowel gas.

If the patient has had  previous severe contrast medium reaction, administer methyl prednisolone 32 mg orally 2 hours and 2 hours prior to injection of contrast medium and ensure that low-osmolar contrast medium is used.

Empty bladder immediately before beginning the exam so that CM in the bladder is not diluted.

Examination of the Female Reproductive Tract (Hysterosalpingography):

Proper bowel preparations (using laxative, suppositories, or cleansing enema) to ensure adequate visualization of the reproductive tract unobstructed by bowel gas and/or feces.

Take mild pain reliever before the examination to alleviate some of the discomfort associated with cramping.

Empty the bladder immediately before the examination to prevent displacement of the uterus and uterine tubes.

In some cases, the physician may also perform a manual pelvic examination before HSG.

Note:  Female patients should inform the doctor or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

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