MOLOKAI GENERAL HOSPITAL
Molokai’s Health Care Leader
Patients may walk in for general x-rays. Other specialty exams such as CT, US, mammography and DEXA require an appointment. Simply call our Radiology Department 808-553-3132 and we will gladly assist you.
Procedures other than Computed Tomography (CT), and US, and Mammography usually require no special preparation. For some procedures, you may need to abstain from eating or drinking. Your physician or a member of the radiology department staff will tell you about any necessary preparations before the day of your test.
· Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours before the test. However you may take any of your usual or prescribed medication with water. Your ordering physician will determine the type of contrast medium for the procedure. Dress comfortable, wear something with no metal or zippers, otherwise you will be asked to change.
· Oral contrast- Drink one bottle of contrast before going to bed. Drink the second bottle of contrast the morning of the exam one hour before your scheduled exam time. Drink slowly.
· IV contrast- Patients over 30 years or those whose kidneys may have been compromised by diabetes or dialysis need to have recent labs to check kidney function. Patients on diabetic medication Metformin (Glucophage) must not take Metformin 48 hours after the administration of IV contrast. You may need to have labs drawn to ensure kidneys are properly functioning before restarting Metformin. Please consult with your physician. Patients with a history of allergies to seafood, shellfish, iodine or asthma may receive additional prep from your physician, Take as directed. The technologist will start an IV in your arm or hand the morning of the test to inject the contrast. Note: Drink lots of fluids 24 hours after the exam.
Abdominal Ultra sound
You will need to follow a 24- hour fat free diet. No dairy products or fried foods. You will be asked not to eat after midnight prior to your exam. Liquids are ok (water, juice, tea) Do not drink milk. No smoking or chewing gum the morning of the exam. Do not skip any medications. Consult with your physician if you have any questions.
Please drink 16 ounces of water one hour before your scheduled exam time. Do not empty your bladder until the exam is completed
We recommend wearing a 2- piece outfit. Please do not use any perfume, powder, bath oils, or deodorant on your breasts or underarm area.
Where do I check in for my radiology exam?
Please check in at the registration desk at the ER located in the main lobby of the hospital. Please bring any information that needs to be updated (insurance, contact information, etc.).
Your physician will receive a formal report from the radiologist. In most cases, the radiologist reviews the test soon after the exam is completed. Patients who have had a mammogram will receive a written letter in the mail no later than 30 days after your exam date. You may schedule an appointment with your Dr. to discuss the results of your test.
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that
uses a low-dose x-ray system that creates high-contrast, high-resolution images
for examination of the breasts. Molokai General hospital now offers state of
the art digital mammography. Successful treatment of breast cancer depends on
early diagnosis. Mammography can show changes in the breast up to two years
before a patient or physician can feel them. The Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) says that mammography can detect 85 to 90 percent of breast cancers in
women over 50. Current guidelines from the American Medical Association (AMA)
A Computed Tomography (CT) scan is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that enables a physician to scan a patient's chest, abdomen, and pelvis for abnormalities such as masses. CT is often accompanied by dyes or other image enhancers called "contrast media." You may take the contrast media orally (drinking it), be given via injection, or both. The contrast media is absorbed differently by different tissues in your body, and helps each type of tissue show up more clearly when scanned. After a few hours, the contrast media dissolves and is passed out of your body when you urinate. The CT scanner includes an x-ray machine that picks up signals from the contrast media absorbed by your body, and a computer that turns signals from the scanner into a three-dimensional image. This image gives the radiologist a finely detailed picture of the area scanned.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of creating an image of the internal organs through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No radiation is used in ultrasound imaging. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see blood flow and other functions.
X-rays are pictures produced by sending a stream
of electrically charged, slightly radioactive particles through the body.
Different types of tissues (bones versus organs, for instance) absorb these
particles differently. By placing an x-ray film or digital detector on the
opposite side of a person from the source of the particles, a picture of bones
and tissues can be created.
How do I get a copy of my exam?
You may call the Radiology Department and request a CD copy of your exam. Please allow the department 24 hours to make it ready for pickup. The first copy will be provided at no charge however there will be a charge of 15.00 per CD for any additional copies. Payments are to be paid at the business office.