X-ray and Fluoroscopy

Many x-ray and fluoroscopy procedures, such as bone and chest x-rays do not require any preparation. The exceptions include: Barium Enema, Upper GI and Upper GI Small Bowel, Esophagram, and IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram; kidney X-ray.) To prepare for these exams, please see below.

Why Choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for an x-ray or fluoroscopy procedurer?

Barium Enema

(exam time: 60 min; visit time about 90 minutes)
  • If you are on a salt-restricted diet or have severe renal insufficiency, DO NOT use the preparation instructions below. You should consult your physician for how to prepare for this exam.

Day Before Procedure: ADULTS

Breakfast
Clear soup (any broth), strained fruit juice without pulp, flavored jello of any color (do not add extra ingredients), soft drinks, black coffee or plain tea.
Noon
Clear soup (any broth), strained fruit juices without pulp, flavored jello of any color (do not add extra ingredients), soft drinks, black coffee or plain tea.
1:00 pm
Drink one (1) full 8 fl. oz glass of water
2:00 pm
Drink one (1) full 8 fl. oz glass of water
3:00 pm
Drink one (1) full 8 fl. oz glass of water
4:00 pm
Drink one (1) full 8 fl. oz glass of water
Dinner:
5:00 pm
Clear soup (any broth), strained fruit juices without pulp, flavored jello of any color (do not add extra ingredients), soft drinks, black coffee or plain tea.
5:30 pm
10 oz. bottle of Magnesium Citrate Oral Solution
6:00 pm
Drink one (1) full 8 fl. oz glass of water
7:00 pm
Drink one (1) full 8 fl. oz glass of water
7:30 pm
Take two (2) 5 mg Dulcolax (Bisacodyl tablets) with an 8 fl. oz glass of water. DO NOT CHEW TABLETS
8:00 pm
Drink one (1) full 8 fl. oz glass of water
9:00 pm
Drink one (1) full 8 fl. oz glass of water. Do not eat after 9:00 pm.


*Day of Procedure : Clear liquids only on the day of your exam. Do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours before your exam.

Day Prior to Procedure: PEDIATRIC

  • Patients younger than 4 years: No preparation
  • 4 years to 16 years: Clear liquid dinner the day before the procedure. On the day of the exam, clear liquids only.

*If a referring physician requests a prep, please contact radiology at (310) 423-2723 and ask to speak to a gastrointestinal (GI) radiologist.


Upper GI and Upper GI Small Bowel Prep

(exam time: 30-120 minutes; visit time about 90 minutes to 3 hours)
Pediatric: Please try to withhold feeding before the exam so your child arrives hungry.
  • (4 years - 16 years): Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the exam.
  • Adults: Do not smoke, drink or eat anything including gum and mints after midnight the night before the exam.

Esophagram

(exam time: 45 min)
  • Do not smoke, drink or eat anything including gum and mints after midnight the night before the exam.

IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram; kidney X-ray)

(exam time: 60 min; visit time about 1 1/2 hours)
  • Adults: Do not eat or drink for 4 hours before your procedure.
  • Pediatric Patients (newborn-16 years): Do not eat or drink for 2 hours before your 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.