How to Prepare for an X-ray Examination

UROGRAPHY

Urography is a diagnostic technique in which a series of radiological images of the urinary tract are taken after intravenous injection of a contrast agent.
The examination is performed based on a medical referral or on the request of the attending physician.

As you will have a contrast agent injected into your vein:
– Make sure to bring the results of your creatinine test with you—and your TSH assay, if you have hyperthyroidism (the test results are valid for 2 weeks).
– If you use metformin (Metformax, Siofor, Glucophage, Formetic, Metral, Metifor, or Gluformin), do not take the drug within 48 hours before or 24 hours after your appointment (in consultation with the attending physician).

How to prepare for your appointment
– Make sure to bring the results of your creatinine test with you—and your TSH assay, if you have hyperthyroidism (the test results are valid for 2 weeks).
– If you use metformin (Metformax, Siofor, Glucophage, Formetic, Metral, Metifor, or Gluformin), do not take the drug within 48 hours before or 24 hours after your appointment (in consultation with the attending physician).
If you use anticoagulants (Sintrom, Syncumar, or Acenocoumarol) and subcutaneous heparin injections, please consult a physician. If you take any other medications, continue with your treatment as usual.
Drink around 1 liter of non-carbonated fluids on the day before the examination (if you are a dialysis patient, please consult your nephrologist).
– You must arrive for the examination in a fasting state—do not eat any food or drink any water.
– If you have previously had an ultrasound scan or urogram, please bring the results of these examinations with you.
If the examination is scheduled for later in the day, please make sure to fast for at least 6 hours.
Before the examination, make sure to tell the medical staff if you have any allergies, if you are hypersensitive to the contrast agents, or if you are taking any medications.

If you experience any adverse symptoms following intravenous contrast injection (shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, itchy skin, or chest pain) during the procedure, please inform the medical staff.

You are advised to drink around 2.5 liters of non-carbonated water or unsweetened drinks during the first 24 hours following the examination in order to help your body eliminate the contrast agent.
In rare cases, you may experience nausea, skin rash, or itching after the contrast agent is administered. Please immediately report these symptoms to the physician.

Once the procedure is complete, the physician will tell you when to collect your medical report.
The report can be collected in person or with written authorization in Room 17 (turn right after you enter the hospital building), from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
If you have diabetes, please mention it while registering so that the examination can be scheduled in the morning.

LOWER GASTROINTESTINAL SERIES

The lower gastrointestinal series is a medical procedure in which the large intestine is filled with a contrast agent administered through the rectum under X-ray control to produce a series of radiographic images.
This examination cannot be covered under NFZ insurance.
A medical referral or a request from the attending physician is required.
Patients must prepare for the lower gastrointestinal series; they must clean food residues from the bowel.
The referring physician will prescribe a special medication that the patient must buy at a pharmacy.
Fortrans (4 packets) is the most commonly prescribed bowel-cleansing agent.
The choice of the bowel-cleansing agent depends on the physician’s and the patient’s preferences and on the patient’s health and co-morbidities.

How to prepare for your appointment:

  • do not eat whole-grain bread, stone fruit, or seeded fruit or vegetables (such as cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, poppy seeds, kiwis, or strawberries) for 4 days before your appointment;
  • on the day before the examination, eat a light breakfast and soup for lunch (a broth or creamy soup) at around 1:00 p.m.—do not eat again before the examination. Drink the prescribed agent between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m. according to the leaflet.
  • On the day of the examination, drink only clear, non-carbonated fluids and do not eat anything.

Medications
You should take your regular medications as usual on the day of your scheduled examination. If you experience any adverse symptoms during the examination, please inform the attending medical staff.
You are advised to drink around 2.5 liters of non-carbonated water or unsweetened drinks during the first 24 hours after the examination in order to help your body eliminate the contrast agent. Once the procedure is complete, the physician will tell you when to collect your medical report.
The report can be collected in person or with written authorization in Room 17 (turn right after you enter the hospital building), from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

SMALL-BOWEL TRANSIT, ESOPHAGUS, STOMACH, OR DUODENUM X-RAY

In this examination, an oral contrast agent is administered under X-ray control and radiographic images of the target organs are taken.

This examination cannot be covered under NFZ insurance. A medical referral or a request from the attending physician is required.

How to prepare for your appointment
You need to be in a fasting state—do not eat or drink anything the evening before or morning of your appointment.

Medications
You should take your regular medications as usual on the day of your scheduled examination.

If you experience any adverse symptoms during the examination, please inform the attending medical staff.

You are advised to drink around 2.5 liters of non-carbonated water or unsweetened drinks after the examination in order to help your body eliminate the contrast agent.

Once the procedure is complete, the physician will tell you when to collect your medical report.
The report can be collected in person or with written authorization in Room 17 (turn right after you enter the hospital building), from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

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