INSURANCES WE ACCEPT
We accept, Medicare, all PPO, EPO plans including but not limited to: Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, Cigna, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, Writers Guild, State Workers Compensation Fund, Personal Injury-Lien Basis.
If you are going to receive an Ultrasound in the abdominal area (e.g. kidneys, gallbladder) you should not eat or drink 6-8 hours (water is okay) prior to the exam. For Ultrasounds in the pelvic or prostate regions, drink 32 ounces of water one hour prior to the exam.
Because of the strong magnetic field used during the exam, certain conditions may prevent you from having a MR procedure. When scheduling your appointment and prior to your exam, please alert our staff and technologist to the following conditions that may apply to you. The radiology staff will let then let you know whether you can have the MRI exam and whether the exam needs to be modified for your particular condition.
- History of kidney problems
- Skin tattoos
- Neurostimulators (TENS-unit)
- Implanted drug infusion device (i.e., insulin pump)
- Exposure of metal fragments to your eye
- Artificial heart valves
- Aneurysm clips
- Cochlear implants
- Metallic implants and prosthesis
- Vascular stent or stent graft
- History as a metal worker
- Shrapnel or bullet wounds
- Dorsal column stimulators
- Allergy to iodine, or gadolinium
- History of diabetes
- Other conditions you believe to be relevant
Please bring a list of your current medications.
If you have claustrophobia, your doctor may prescribe an oral medication for you to take with you for your MRI appointment.
For an abdominal MRI, you should not eat or drink 6-8 hours prior to the exam.
Please leave your valuables at home, including jewelry, to prevent it from being lost or stolen, for they have to be removed prior to entering the scan room. If you don’t want to change into scrubs, please wear cotton clothing without any metal zippers, hooks, or buttons. Please let us know if you need interpreting services, this can be arranged for you.
In general, you undress whatever part of your body needs examination. You may wear a gown during the exam, depending on which area is being X-rayed. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects because they can show up on an X-ray.
Wear comfortable clothing free of zippers, metallic buttons and snaps as well as jewelry that could interfere with your scan. Elastic Waist Bands and Sports Bras are acceptable. Please notify your doctor if you have any allergy to iodine or intravenous contrast, if so you need to be pre-medicated 24 hours prior to your exam and will need a driver. Your physician must call (310) 301-6800 for pre-medication instructions.
For diabetic patients: If you are taking GLUCOVANCE, GLUCOPHAGE or METFORMIN (generic), you will need to stop taking these medications the day of your examination and up to a minimum of 48 hours after the examination. Please notify your doctor for replacement medicines.
Female patients must notify their physician if they are or think they might be pregnant, for further instructions.
A blood test (Creatinine) is required within 6 weeks of CT examinations ordered with IV Contrast, unless waived by the requesting physician AND clearly documented on the CT order.
CT Procedure Screening Questionnaire
Protocol for Management of Patients with Iodine Allergy or Known Allergy to CT IV Radiographic Contrast Media
Protocol for Management of Patients Taking Metformin Scheduled for CT Studies with IV Radiographic Contrast Media
Additional Applicable Instructions
CT Abdominal-Pelvis IV and Oral Preparation:
Patient must arrive 1 hour prior to the scheduled exam.
Avoid food or drink 3 hours before the scheduled exam.
CT Angio Cardiac Preparation:
Avoid Caffeine, 4 hours prior to the scheduled exam time.
Avoid food or drink 3 hours before the scheduled exam time.
Patient must arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled exam.