How to Prepare

Some procedures require an office visit and physical examination by a radiologist before your interventional procedure is scheduled. That is done to ensure that the procedure corresponds to your symptoms, to inform you about the proposed course of action and answer any questions you may have.

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.

If you are being sedated, you will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for a specified number of hours before your procedure. You also will need transportation home and may not drive for several hours after receiving sedation.

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

  • If you are taking Plavix, Coumadin, Warfarin or Pradaxa, must stop 5-7 days prior to your procedure but you MUST check with prescribing physician first before stopping to see if you 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 prescribing physician first before stopping to see if you 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. ​
  • You should inform your physician if you have any allergies. If you have been told you are allergic to contrast or have ever had a reaction to Iodine or any form of contrast media, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. A Radiology nurse should contact you. If you have not been contacted by a Radiology nurse at least 24 hours prior to your appointment, please contact the Imaging Scheduler immediately.
  • If you have diabetes, kidney problems, lupus, surgery on your kidneys or multiple myeloma, you must have lab work that includes a BUN and Creatinine performed within 30 days of your exam. If you are over the age of 65 you must have lab work within 90 days of your exam. This provides us with information regarding your current kidney function. Please call your physician if you have not had this blood work.
  • If you are currently receiving Dialysis; please schedule your dialysis to follow your procedure with Contrast or the following day. It is imperative you have dialysis no later than the following day after you have received contrast for your procedure.
  • If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and/or you are currently taking any of the following medications: Metformin, Gluicophage, Glucophage XR, Fortamet, Riomet, Metaglip, Glucovance, Actoplus Met, Avandament or Junamet, stop taking your medication for a total of 48 hours after your exam. You must contact your physician for alternative medications and instructions prior to your exam
  • ​We encourage you to hydrate with oral fluids at least 24 hours prior to your study. You may have only clear liquids as well as your necessary medications 2 hours before your exam.

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

You may receive additional specific instructions when you schedule your appointment depending upon the type of procedure that will be performed.

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

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