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Barium Swallow, Barium Follow Through or Barium Meal

Do not have anything to eat or drink for six hours before your appointment.

Barium Enema

Follow the instructions on the bowel cleansing kit provided by your doctor or from our rooms.

Virtual (CT) Colonography

Collect a bowel cleansing kit from our rooms, and follow the instructions.


Do not eat or drink for four hours before your appointment.

CT Urogram

Please only have fluids for 4 hours prior to your appointment.

CT Abdomen

Please only have fluids for 4 hours prior to your appointment.

CT Coronary Angiogram (CTCA)

Your doctor may have provided you with tablets (beta blockers) to take the night prior to and the morning of the scan to slow your heart rate. Please take these as instructed by your doctor.

You must avoid stimulants for the 24 hours prior to the scan, including caffeine. Please do not drink coffee, any teas, soft drinks or energy drinks. Chocolate and smoking should also be avoided. Also avoid strenuous exercise prior to the scan. These measures are to assist in keeping your heart rate low.

Please fast for the 2 hours prior to the scan. You may continue to drink water.

Do not take tablets for erectile dysfunction for 72 hours prior to the scan (viagra, sildenafil, cialis, levitra). These medications can interact with those used during the scan.

Please bring a list of your current medications to you appointment.

Two piece clothing is recommended for convenience.


No preparation is required. At your appointment you will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire to ensure you are eligible to be scanned.


Do not use talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your appointment. Please wear a two-piece outfit.

Facet Joint or Nerve Root Injection:

No preparation required unless your doctor has arranged sedation.

Upper Abdominal Ultrasound

Do not eat, drink or smoke for six hours before your appointment.

Pelvic, Renal, Obstetric Ultrasound

A full bladder is required. Drink 1 litre of water finishing at least 1 hour before your appointment. Do not empty your bladder.

Nuclear Medicine

Details will be available when making your appointment.