PRIOR FILM STUDIES
Patient will present 24-48 hours prior to their exam with their films. Upon arrival, the films with be taken to the radiologist who will be performing the exam for their evaluation.
A comfortable 2 piece garment should be worn. For MRI, sweat pants are recommended. No metal on body or clothing or jewelry should be worn.
Labs should be done as close to the exam date as possible. All patients should have PT, PTT, and CBC with platelets prior to all biopsies. Patients taking blood thinners such as Coumadin or Lovenox should also have an INR added to their labs. This blood work should be obtained while the patient is off their medications and prior to the procedure. The patient will contact their physician after the procedure and prior to resuming their blood thinner.
USE OF MEDS
Some medications, pain relievers, and herbal products may cause an increased risk of bleeding. Patients must discontinue use of Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin, Motrin, Excedrin, Alka-Seltzer, Naproxen, Advil, Ibuprofen, Heparin, St. John's Wart and Vitamin E, at least 5 days prior to the day of their procedure.
Lovenox can be taken up to 24 hours prior to the procedure