Golden Triangle Radiology
Golden Triangle Radiology

Patient Instructions

We understand that any type of testing can be frightening and stressful. In an effort to make you as comfortable as possible, we have compiled some information and instructions for you.

First of all, please do not hesitate to ask your primary physician and his/her office staff to explain what your test is for and what you can expect. If you still have questions, please contact us and we will try to give you the answers that you need.

Secondly, please understand the nature of our practice and the hospital setting. Even though you may be given a pre-set time for your x-ray or procedure, there are many variables that can effect the actual time that your procedure will be done. Some inpatients and emergency patients must be worked into the schedule on a priority basis because of the acuity of their illness.  Also, every procedure is individual and the time required to complete it may far exceed the amount of time allotted. For these reasons we ask for your patience and understanding. Likewise, we will make every effort to make your wait as short as possible and to keep you informed.

If you are scheduled for one of the following procedures, please follow instructions 1 through 10.

Arteriogram, CT guided biopsy, Vertebroplasty, Embolization, Thoracentesis, Paracentesis, Nephrostomy, Abscess drainage, Stent placement, Buried port placement, IVC filter, Fistulogram, Graftogram, Declot Graft, Kyphoplasty, Dialysis Catheter Placement

  1. Please come by the BMH-GT Outpatient Pavilion some time before the day of your procedure to be pre-admitted and have lab work drawn.
  1. On the day of your procedure, please arrive at the Outpatient Pavilion at least 1 hour* earlier than your scheduled time. (This gives us time to get you in a room, get your paperwork organized, do any tests we may need, evaluate your health, and discuss your procedure with you in detail)
  1. Please plan to spend the whole day (and possibly a night) at the hospital.
  1. DO NOT EAT or DRINK anything after midnight before your scheduled procedure time. To do so may cancel or delay the start of your procedure.

  1. DO take your morning medicines with a tiny sip of water. However, if you are diabetic, do not take your insulin or diabetes pill.

  1. If you take a blood thinner, please check with your doctor about whether it is ok for you to stop taking it. Coumadin should be stopped 3 days prior to the procedure. Plavix and Aspirin should be stopped 7 days prior to the procedure.

  1. Bring a list (or the bottles) of all your medications with you to the hospital.

  1. Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure.

  1. Leave valuables such as cash, wallets, jewelry, etc at home if possible.

  1. If you have had x-rays done at another facility which are related to the problem for which you are having the procedure, please bring them with you. 

If you are having one of the following procedures, please follow the above instructions except you do not need to pre-admit and you only need to be 30 minutes early.

Venogram, Declot graft, Dialysis catheter placement or removal, Buried port/VAD removal, or nephrostogram.

If you are having one of the following procedures, you do not need to follow the above instructions but you do need to arrive 30 minutes early.

Hip injection, Facet injection, SI joint injection, PICC, CT scan, MRI, Bone scan, Mammogram, Ultrasound, PVR, Plain X-ray, Consultation, Epidural Steroid Injection.

NOTE: A CTA (CT angiogram/arteriogram) or an MRA (MR angiogram/ arteriogram) falls in this last category.

If you do not see your procedure listed here please feel free to call us for instructions.