(256) 261 – 2826
1105 Eagletree Lane SE, Hunstville AL 35801
(256) 261 – 2826
1105 Eagletree Lane SE, Hunstville AL 35801

Other Advanced GI Procedures

Please follow preparation instructions for your procedure as listed below. If no procedure or instructions are selected, there are no special preparations required or your test.

  • Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 a.m. (midnight) the night before the exam. (GI series only)
  • Take one dose of castor oil at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. the day before your exam. (Applies only to IVP, Small Bowel Series, Small Bowel Only.)
  • For your convenience, plan to have a light evening meal (5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

  • For all scans with contrast: morning scans, no food or liquids after midnight. For afternoon scans, you may have a light, clear liquid breakfast.
  • For abdominal scans, please plan to be at the hospital one hour before exam time to drink the oral contrast, a milkshake - type drink with dye.
  • For pelvic scans, please plan to be at the hospital one to two hours before exam time to drink the oral contrast, a milkshake - type drink with dye.

  • Start at lunch the day before the exam, have only clear liquids (water, tea, coffee) until bedtime.
  • Take one dose of over-the-counter laxative at 2:00 p.m. & another at 4:00 p.m.
  • Drink 8 ounces of fluid hourly before bedtime. Try to drink at least one quart.
  • No foods or liquids after midnight the night before the exam.
  • At 5:00 a.m. on exam day, take a FLEETS enema (found at your local pharmacy) and follow directions.

  • For morning scans, no food or liquids after 12:00 a.m. (midnight) the night before the exam.
  • For afternoon scans, no food or liquid for four to six hours before the exam.
  • No pain medications four hours before the exam.

No food, liquids, or chewing gum after 12:00 a.m. (midnight) the night before the exam.

  • No dietary restrictions.
  • Please drink 40 ounces of water one hour before the exam and do not urinate until after the exam.
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