X-ray

This service is available at all locations.

Locations

  • Riverside
  • Pointe West
  • Parrish
  • Arcadia

X-ray

This service is available at all locations.

Locations

  • Riverside
  • Pointe West
  • Parrish
  • Arcadia

Exam Preparation

Different types of X-rays require different preparations. Ask your doctor or nurse to provide you with specific instructions.

In general, you undress whatever part of your body needs examination. You may wear a gown to cover yourself during the exam, depending on which area is being X-rayed. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects that may obscure the X-ray image, because these objects can show up on an X-ray.

 

Upper GI Series (Stomach), Esophagram (Esophagus), Small Bowel Series

  1. Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew anything after midnight the night before exam.
  2. Do not withhold medication – a tablet may be taken with a small amount of water.

 

Barium Enema (Colon)

  1. Follow the bowel prep instructions detailed below.
  2. Do not withhold medication – a tablet may be taken with a small amount of water.

 

IVP (Kidneys)

  1. We will need recent blood creatinine results.
  2. Follow the bowel prep instructions detailed below.
  3. If you have had a previous allergic reaction to IV iodinated contrast material, any food or medicine, please inform Manatee Diagnostic Center staff prior to your appointment.
  4. Do not withhold medication – a tablet may be taken with a small amount of water.

 

Bowel Prep Instructions

Things to do two days before scheduled appointment:


You need to buy the following from the pharmacy of your choice (no prescriptions are needed):

  • One 10 ounce bottle of Citrate of Magnesia
  • 3 Dulcolax laxative tablets
  • 1 Dulcolax suppository

The quality of your examination is dependent on your bowel preparation. To assure the best outcome, this preparation should be taken exactly as directed. Do not make any substitutions or changes without consulting with Manatee Diagnostic Center staff.

Start bowel prep on the day before your IVP or barium enema appointment.

Note: Be sure to drink at least all the water/fluids included in instructions. To prevent dehydration, you may drink extra fluids.

You may eat/drink any of the following:

  • Clear soup or broth without any solid materials (no meat, vegetables, noodles or rice).
  • Fruit juices with NO pulp.
  • Flavored or unflavored gelatins (Jello) – do not add fruit. Please avoid red gelatins.
  • Black coffee – no milk, cream or other creamers. Sugar is okay.
  • Plain tea – no milk, cream or other creamers. Sugar and lemon are okay.
  • Soft drinks, Gatorade, iced tea, water, juices without pulp (apple, cranberry or white grape juice). NO MILK OR DAIRY PRODUCTS.
  • Ice popsicles (avoid red).

 

Liquid Diet and Bowel Cleansing

You should take your regular medications with water unless otherwise instructed by your physician. If you are diabetic and take medication, contact your primary care physician if you have any questions regarding these medications.

  • 8 a.m. – you may have a CLEAR liquid breakfast. Also drink at least 8 oz. of water.
  • 12 p.m. – clear liquid lunch and drink at least 8 oz. of a clear liquid.
  • 1 p.m. – drink 8 oz. glass of water.
  • 2 p.m. – drink 8 oz. glass of water.
  • 3 p.m. – drink 8 oz. glass of water.
  • 4 p.m. – drink 8 oz. glass of water.
  • 5 p.m. – have a clear liquid dinner. When done drink an 8 oz. glass of water.
  • 5:30 p.m. – drink the entire bottle of magnesium citrate oral solution, The product generally produces a bowel movement in 30 minutes to six hours.
  • 7 p.m. – drink 8 oz. glass of water.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Take 3 Dulcolax Tablets with 8 oz. of water. Do not chew tablets. See inside cover of package for more information.
  • 8 p.m. – drink 8 oz. glass of water.
  • 9 p.m. – drink 8 oz. glass of water.

Do not eat or drink after 9 p.m.

 

Day of IVP or Barium Enema:

Upon rising, do not eat or drink anything. You may take your regular medications with water unless otherwise instructed by your primary physician.

Two hours before you leave home, insert Dulcolax suppository into the rectum. This will evacuate any lingering stool or fluids.