Upstate Carolina Radiology

How to Prepare for Your Visit

Please bring the following to your visit:

  • Health Insurance Card
  • Physician Order
  • Photo ID
  • List of Medications
  1. When you schedule your appointment, appropriate directions to prepare for your procedure will be given. Please come approximately thirty minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out any necessary paperwork. If you have an appointment with the Southern Vascular Institute you may print off the form directly from patient forms to have ready when you arrive, so that you can come only a few minutes early. If you have any questions regarding your exam, please give us a call.
  2. We will make every attempt to expedite your visit and provide a safe, comfortable experience. We ask that you provide all necessary information in order for us to obtain an accurate medical history. A list of your medications and dosages are important as well.
  3. Many radiologic procedures require you to fast for at least 6 hours before, except for your morning medications with a sip of water. You will be contacted prior to your visit to confirm if this is necessary for your particular procedure.
  4. Please understand the nature of our practice, and unforeseen medical emergencies, we will be occasionally delayed or very rarely unable to see you at the time of your appointment.
  5. If you are dissatisfied in any way, do not hesitate to notify us, so we can remedy the situation as much as possible.
  6. Upstate Carolina Radiology and Southern Vascular Institute accept all forms of insurance accepted by the hospitals we provide services for. We also see self-referred patients for consultation for various arterial and venous disorders (please see our website by calling (864)255-1834. We are HIPPA compliant and all consultations are confidential.

Preparing for Your MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

  1. There are some types of intracranial aneurysm clips used to treat brain aneurysms which are incompatible with the MRI machine. If you have an aneurysm clip, please try to have the exact type and year of the aneurysm clip.
  2. All cardiac pacemakers, implantable defibrillators are contraindicated; please call us if you have been inadvertently scheduled.
  3. Individuals who have worked in machine shops or sheet metal workers who have sustained injuries where a piece of metal has entered the eye, please advise us of these events.
  4. Please be prepared to remove all metallic objects from your body or clothing which may contain iron or nickel, credit cards, watches, cell phones, etc. The strong magnetic field may inactivate or cause malfunctions.

Preparing for Your Interventional Exam

  1. Please do not eat any breakfast or consume beverage if you are to be fasting after 12 midnight the night before your exam. Food or liquid in your stomach may make it unsafe for conscious sedation due to the risk of vomiting and aspiration. We will be unable to provide full conscious sedation if you have eaten.
  2. Do take your morning medications with a sip of water, with the exception of any oral antidiabetic medications you take by mouth. DO NOT take these.
  3. If you take metformin (e.g. Glucophage, Avandamet, Fortamet, Riomet) or any other metformin containing oral antidiabetic agents (e.g. ActoPlusmet, Metaglip, Glucovance) do not take these for 48 hours following any IV contrast administration.
  4. If you receive morning insulin injections, please use one half your usual dose, if you will not be eating breakfast.
  5. If you are allergic to x-ray contrast material, x-ray dye, Iodine contrast, and IVP dye, please call our office for special instructions at least two days prior to your examination. We normally require steroid preparation in these cases.
  6. If you have any know kidney disease, abnormal kidney or renal function, abnormal creatinine, please call our office. There are some preparations we can prescribe to increase your safety.
  7. We appreciate reviewing outside MRI, CT scans and any other pertinent images you may have received previously. Please bring these results, especially if you are able to obtain a copy on CD. Nearly all hospitals and imaging centers will provide a copy on disc if requested. This will help us provide you with better care!
  8. We will discuss the diagnostic and interventional radiology examination/procedure, indications, alternatives, risks and complications with you. You will have ample time to ask questions.