General Radiology & Fluoroscopy Preparations

Preparations for fluoroscopy vary depending on what type of procedure you need. Below you will find overviews of fluoroscopy preparations for various procedures.

Barium Enema (BE)

Please follow the preparations below prior to undergoing the enema:

The Day Before Your Appointment
  • Have a light breakfast.
  • Have clear liquids for lunch and dinner. Clear liquids include clear broth, tea, carbonated beverages, or Jello (no red). Do not eat solid foods or milk products.
  • At 1:00, 3:00, 7:00, 10:00 pm and at bedtime drink 8 ounces (1 glass) of clear liquid in addition to the liquid diet.
  • At 6:00 pm take 4 Bisacodyl Tablets.
The Day Of Your Appointment
  • At least one hour before leaving for your examination, take a Fleet Enema. Wait 15 minutes before having a bowel movement.

Intravenous Urogram (IVP)

Please follow the preparations below:

  • Do not eat or drink four (4) hours prior to your examination.

Gall Bladder Exam

Please follow the preparations below prior to your examination:

  • Obtain 12 Telepaque tablets from pharmacy.
  • Maintain regular diet (including fats) for two full days prior to exam.
  • During both days, take two tablets at 4 p.m., two tablets at 6 p.m., and two tablets at 8 p.m.
  • Eat nothing after the last tablets. You may drink coffee ( no milk ), tea, juice, and water until bedtime. On morning of exam, you may have the same liquids (no milk), but nothing to eat.

Upper Gastro-Intestinal Series (Upper GI), Barium Swallow (Esophogram) or Small Bowel Follow Through

Please follow the preparations below prior to your examination:

  • Nothing to eat or drink from midnight until exam.

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