General Interventional Radiology Preparation

A written order from your physician is needed for an interventional radiology procedure.

Interventional Neuroradiology procedures

For physicians: needed by noon the day before an exam — written orders, H&Ps (within past 30 days), pre-op labs (within two weeks; CBC, BMP [basic metabolic panel] and PT/PTT).

For patients: 

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight before procedure.
  • Morning of procedure, take blood pressure and/or heart medications with a sip of water unless told otherwise.
  • You will not be allowed to drive after procedure so please arrange transportation.
  • Ask your doctor about discontinuing aspirin or blood thinners seven days before procedure.
  • Tell the staff if you have NOT had lab work or are on any medication.
  • Between 4 and 5:30 p.m. the day before, we will call you with the full preparation instructions. If we do not reach you by 5:30 p.m., please call us at 310-423-2468.
  • You will not be allowed to drive after your exam, so please have transportation home arranged.

For detailed preparation instructions, you will need to call one of the following numbers:

For the following  interventional radiology procedures: 

Please call 310-423-2468

For uterine fibroid embolization, internal radiation therapy for the liver (SIR-Spheres), radiofrequency ablation or other types of ablation (cryoablation, alcohol or microwave ablation), or irreversible electroporation scheduling, information or for preparation instructions:

Please call 310-423-8694

For biopsies (non-neurologic):

        Please call 310-423-8000

Why choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for an interventional radiology procedure?

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.