Information for Patients

Interventional Radiology

General Interventional Exams

  1. Advance scheduling is required for all general interventional exams. Call (804) 828-6985.
  2. Metformin (Glucophage or Glucovance) must be withheld after receiving iodinated contrast. If the patient’s blood sugar control does not allow for withholding of Metformin, call (804) 828-6985.
  3. If the patient’s creatinine level is above 1.5 – except those on chronic dialysis – call (804) 828-6985.
  4. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the exam time except a small amount of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level requirements.
  5. Current lab results for APTT, Basic Met, CBC and PT.
  6. Infusing IV with extension tubing to be placed above the wrist prior to transport to radiology.
  7. The necessity of a Foley catheter is based upon the time commitment for individual procedures. Consult with a radiology nurse about specific requirements by calling (804) 828-6985.
  8. When relevant, patient to void prior to transport to radiology.
Nephrostogram
  1. Advance scheduling is required for all nephrostogram exams. Call (804) 828-6985.
  2. If the patient has had a previous allergic reaction to IV contrast, call (804) 828-6985.
  3. Current lab results for APTT, Basic Met, CBC and PT.
  4. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the exam time except a small sip of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level requirements.
  5. Patient to void prior to transport to radiology
Nephrostomy Exam
  1. Advance scheduling is required for all nephrostomy exams. Call (804) 828-6985.
  2. If the patient has had a previous allergic reaction to IV contrast, call (804) 828-6985.
  3. Current lab results for APTT, Basic Met, CBC and PT.
  4. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the exam time except a small sip of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level requirements.
  5. Patient to void prior to transport to radiology.

Cholecystostomy

  1. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for three hours prior to the exam time except a small amount of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level requirements.
  2. Patient to void prior to transport to radiology.

Biliary Drainage/Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiogram

  1. Advance scheduling is required for all nephrostomy exams. Call (804) 828-6985.
  2. If the patient has had a previous allergic reaction to IV contrast, call (804) 828-6985.
  3. Current lab results for APTT, Basic Met, CBC and PT.
  4. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the exam time except a small sip of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level requirements.
  5. Patient to void prior to transport to radiology.

Vascular Interventional Exams

  1. Advance scheduling is required for all vascular interventional exams. Call (804) 828-6985.
  2. Metformin (Glucophage or Glucovance) must be withheld after receiving iodinated contrast. If the patient’s blood sugar control does not allow for withholding of Metformin, call (804) 828-6985.
  3. If the patient’s creatinine level is above 1.5 – except those on chronic dialysis – call (804) 828-6985.
  4. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the exam time except a small amount of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level requirements.
  5. Current lab results for APTT, Basic Met, CBC and PT.
  6. Infusing IV with extension tubing to be placed above the wrist prior to transport to radiology.
  7. The necessity of a Foley catheter is based upon the time commitment for individual procedures. Consult with a radiology nurse about specific requirements by calling (804) 828-6985.
  8. When relevant, patient to void prior to transport to radiology.
Stent placement
  1. Advance scheduling is required for all stent placement exams. Call (804) 828-6985.
  2. If the patient has had a previous allergic reaction to IV contrast, call (804) 828-6985.
  3. Current lab results for APTT, Basic Met, CBC and PT.
  4. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the exam time except a small sip of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level requirements.
  5. Patient to void prior to transport to radiology.

T-Tube Cholangiogram

  1. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for four hours prior to the exam time except a small amount of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level of requirements.
  2. Transplant patients need antibiotic coverage prior to study.
  3. Patient to void prior to transport to radiology.

Neurointerventional exams

  1. Advance scheduling is required for all neurointerventional exams. Call (804) 828-6985.
  2. Metformin (Glucophage or Glucovance) must be withheld after receiving iodinated contrast. If the patient’s blood sugar control does not allow for withholding of Metformin, call (804) 828-6985.
  3. If the patient’s creatinine level is above 1.5 – except those on chronic dialysis – call (804) 828-6985.
  4. Patient should have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the exam time except a small amount of water with routine medications. Changes to this prep will only be allowed due to the priority level requirements.
  5. Current lab results for APTT, Basic Met, CBC and PT.
  6. Infusing IV with extension tubing to be placed above the wrist prior to transport to radiology.
  7. The necessity of a Foley catheter is based upon the time commitment for individual procedures. Consult with a radiology nurse about specific requirements by calling (804) 828-6985.
  8. When relevant, patient to void prior to transport to radiology.
VCU Department of Radiology Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center