How to Prepare

When you schedule your appointment, we will inform you about any specific preparations depending upon the specific procedure your doctor has ordered. Please contact the Scheduling Department at 949-764-5573 if you have any questions.

Beginning several days before the procedure, you will need to discontinue certain medications.

  • If you are taking Plavix, Coumadin, Warfarin or Pradaxa, you must stop 5-7 days prior to your procedure but you MUST check with the prescribing physician first before stopping to see if your doctor has an alternative medication or instructions for you
  • If you are taking Aspirin, Naprosyn, Ecotrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen or Celebrex on a regular basis, we ask you to stop 5-7 days before your exam procedure but you MUST check with the prescribing physician first before stopping to see if your doctor has an alternative medication or instructions for you
  • If you take Lovenox, you must stop 12 hours before your procedure.
  • Stop taking fish oil, flax seed oil, vitamin E, 5 days prior to your procedure.
  • Tylenol or acetaminophen are not an issue if you are currently taking them.


If you have prior studies outside of Hoag for a comparison, please bring them to your appointment.

Please complete, print out and bring with you the following forms to your appointment:

Download Outpatient Medication Reconciliation form (for Breast Center and Interventional Procedures).