Patient Preparations Instructions:

Please follow preps carefully to insure an accurate exam. Diabetic patients SHOULD NOT take insulin if fasting is required. Photo identification is required for your exam. Back to top

Digital Mammography

DO NOT apply any powders, deodorant, ointments to the underarm area or breast area on the day of the exam. If you experience breast tenderness prior to or during menstruation, try to schedule a routine mammogram at a more comfortable time during your cycle. Wear a two-piece outfit. Further information here. Back to top.

Ultrasound

GALL BLADDER OR ABDOMEN: Patient should be fasting for eight (8) hours prior to the exam. Nothing to eat, drink or chew gum.

TRANS/ABD., PELVIS AND PREGNANCY (UP TO 6 MONTHS): 1½ hours before exam, go to the bathroom, then drink 32oz. (four (4) 8oz. glasses) of liquid. All fluids must be completed 1 hour before appointment. DO NOT use the bathroom until after the ultrasound has been completed.

ULTRASOUND RENAL: Drink 16oz of water 30 min. prior to exam. Further information here. Back to top.

CT Scan

CHEST, HEAD, NECK, EXTREMITIES, SINUSES, AND SPINE: No preparation necessary.

ABDOMEN/PELVIS: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) after midnight.
* You will be given a drink as part of the exam and will need to wait one hour prior to scanning.
* If you are allergic to iodine please inform technologist before drinking contrast.

EXAMS ORDERED WITH IV CONTRAST: NPO after midnight.
* If you are allergic to iodine please inform the technologist.
* Diabetics or patients over 50 years of age must have a BUN and creatinine lab test at least 72 hours prior to day of exam in order to avoid delays in scan time or rescheduling.
* If you are taking diabetic medication containing metformin you will need to stop taking your medication after your exam for 48 hours (two days).
* If you have any concern or questions about stopping your medication, please consult with your physician.

TODDLERS: Ages 36 months to 6 years: Sleep deprive patient on midnight the day before exam. Do not let child sleep at any time prior to arriving. Further information here. Back to top.

Open MRI

CONTRAINDICATIONS: If you have the following devices implanted in your body you will not be able to have an MRI exam: Pacemaker cardiac valve with metal, Cochlear implants, TENS Unit, Brain aneurysm clip or battery operated pump (Insulin, pain medications, etc...).

CLOTHING SUGGESTIONS for MRI: Do not bring jewelry of any kind. Wear comfortable loose clothing such as warm-ups. Do not wear anything with metal zippers, buttons, anything metallic will affect the image of the exam and will get attracted to the magnet. Do not wear any make up or mascara. Further information here. Back to top.

X-Rays

NO Preparation necessary. Further information here. Back to top.

Bone Density

Unless instructed otherwise, eat normally on the day of the exam, but avoid taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers, buttons, grommets or any metal. You should not have had a barium study, radioisotope injection, oral or intravenous contrast material from a CT scan or MRI for seven days before this exam.
If you have implanted devices such as pacemaker or infusion pumps, have breast tissue expanders, please contact the radiology department before your exam. Further information here. Back to top.

Medical Insurance Information

We are pleased to accept a broad variety of insurance plans. Our expert billing and insurance department will gladly handle the filling of your claim.

If your Health Carrier is not listed please call us to verify. Please call your carrier to verify coverage. If there are any questions call Baaxten to verify in/out network benefits. Back to top.

Insurance:

Medicare/Medicaid
Valley Baptist Health Plan
Driscoll Children Health
Superior Health Plan
Cigna Commerical/Star Plus
Assured Benefits Admin.
Blue Cross Blue Shield (HMO) (PPO)
Allied
GPA
Humana
UHC Commercial/Community Plan

UnitedHealthcare Comm./Star Plus
Molina/Star Plus/Medicare HMO
Care Improvement Plus
Med-Solutions
Multi-Plan
TML Intergovernment Employee
Valley Baptist Advantage
Caprock
Healthspring-Medicaid
MAXOR
WellMed-PHC

Benefits
TML Risk Pool
Well Md
TASB
Genesis
Tech Health
Aetna Commercial/Star Plus
First Health Choice
South Texas Health Cooperative
Orchid
Department of Labor
Health Smart
Maxor
PHCS
Indigent
Allegian Health Plans
Tricare-Military
GEHA
Today's Option/Permit
TX-True Choice