Preparing for Your Image-Guided Procedure

BODY PROCEDURES

Image-Guided Aspiration: Thoracentesis and Paracentesis

  • Continue taking all medications. Ask your doctor about discontinuing blood thinners, aspirin or vitamin E for seven days before procedure.
  • Continue eating and drinking as normal before procedure.
  • You will need a ride home; please do not use a taxi service.

Image-Guided Biopsy or Drainage

  • Continue taking all medications with sips of water. Ask your doctor about discontinuing blood thinners, aspirin or vitamin E for seven days before procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before procedure.
  • You will need a ride home; please do not use a taxi service.

Ultrasound-Guided Thyroid Biopsy

  • Continue taking all medications. Ask your doctor about discontinuing blood thinners, aspirin or vitamin E for seven days before procedure.
  • Continue eating and drinking as normal before procedure.
  • You will be able to drive after procedure.

BREAST PROCEDURES

Image-Guided Biopsy: Ultrasound-Guided

  • Continue taking all medications. Ask your doctor about discontinuing blood thinners, aspirin, or vitamin E for seven days before procedure.
  • Continue eating and drinking as normal before procedure.
  • You will be able to drive after procedure.

Image-Guided Biopsy: Stereotactic

  • Continue taking all medications with sips of water. Ask your doctor about discontinuing blood thinners, aspirin or vitamin E for seven days before procedure.
  • ***Eat a light meal one hour before your procedure***.
  • You will be able to drive after procedure.

Image-Guided Biopsy: MRI

  • Continue taking all medications with sips of water. Ask your doctor about discontinuing blood thinners, aspirin or vitamin E for seven days before procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before procedure.
  • You will be able to drive after procedure.

Needle Localization

  • Please consult with the surgeon’s office for specific preparation instructions.

MUSCULOSKELETAL PROCEDURES

Aspiration/Drainage/Injection

  • No preparations required.
  • You will be able to drive after the procedure.

Arthrogram

  • No preparations required.
  • You will be able to drive after the procedure.

Image-Guided Biopsy

  • Continue taking all medications with sips of water. Ask your doctor about discontinuing blood thinners, aspirin or vitamin E for seven days before procedure.
  • You will need a ride home; please do not use a taxi service.

If anesthesia is required for any above-mentioned procedure: 

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including water. 
  • You will need a ride home; please do not use a taxi service.