Preparing for Your Interventional Radiology Exam

IMPORTANT: Due to the rapidly changing coronavirus COVID-19 situation, please review this information before visiting any Lifespan facility or outpatient practice for an appointment or procedure. 

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Preparing for Your Exam

  • Inform the doctor ordering the test if you are taking any medications that thin the blood. This includes Coumadin, Plavix and Lovenox among many others (if you are unsure, ask your pharmacist). In addition, let the person scheduling your exam know what blood thinners or anticoagulants you are taking. There may be special instructions for you if you are taking these types of medications.
  • If you have had an allergic reaction to x-ray “contrast” or “dye” in the past, please alert our staff at the Interventional Radiology department where your exam is scheduled.
  • Your procedure may require you to not eat for a certain amount of hours, or discontinue certain medications before your procedure. The department where your procedure is being done, or your physician,  will give you any instructions in advance. 
  • If you are taking any medications regularly, please bring either the medications themselves or a list of these medications and their doses with you to the hospital on the day of the procedure.
  • If you are a diabetic, please check with your physician or the Interventional Radiology department where you are having your exam for special instructions.

Please leave any personal belongings (jewelry, glasses, etc.) at home when having an outpatient exam performed at any of our facilities to avoid misplacement.