Imaging Frequently Asked Questions

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Imaging Appointments and Questions


Do I need to do anything to prepare for my test?

Your preparation for an imaging appointment will depend on the type of exam you're having. For many studies, no special preparation is required. For some, however, you may be asked to avoid eating solid foods for several hours before the examination begins.

On the day of your appointment, you may also be asked to avoid using lotions, creams, powders, perfumes, and underarm deodorant, as these items may contain ingredients that interfere with the quality of the examination.

Our staff will review all examination preparation instructions with you before your appointment. For specific preparation guidance, please call 617-632-4444.

What should I expect on the day of my imaging examination?

On the day of your appointment, you may need to complete a history form before being taken into the imaging room. Once in the imaging room, you may be asked to remove jewelry or other items and to change into a hospital gown.

Depending on the type of imaging test, the technologist may insert an intravenous catheter to administer a contrast material, so that certain organs and tissues show up more clearly on the images.

The technologist will explain the procedure to you and will help you get into the correct position for the images. After the examination, a radiologist will review and interpret the images, and the report will be sent to your physician.

How do I get the results of my test?

Your physician will receive a formal report from the radiologist. Patients can access their report through Patient Gateway.

For further information, please contact your physician.