Guidelines for your appointment


Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Outpatient Diagnostic Center and Del Amo Diagnostic Imaging Center:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  • Bring a copy of your order, insurance information, driver’s license or ID, and authorizations.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, inform the technologist.
  • Please note: we are unable to provide child care.
  • Lab work  is required within 45 days prior to your appointment if you are receiving  contrast for a CT or MRI and:
    • are 65 years or older
    • are diabetic
    • have abnormal kidney function or have had kidney surgery

CT Special Instructions

  • Abdomen and/or pelvis: Pick up the oral contrast at least one day prior to your exam. No food or drink four hours prior to the exam. If necessary take medications with a sip of water.
  • Enterography: Arrive two hours prior to appointment time. No food or drink four hours prior to the exam. If necessary take medications with a sip of water.

MRI Special Instructions

If you have any one of the following please contact your ordering physician as it may not be safe for you to have an MRI.

  • Pacemaker or cardiac defibrillator/valve
  • History of cerebral aneurysm surgery
  • Infusion pump
  • Neurostimulator
  • Biostimulator
  • Are pregnant
  • Have any metal in or on your body

Ultrasound Special Instructions

  • Abdomen, aorta: No food or drink after midnight.
  • Prostate: Fleet enema one hour prior to exam.
  • Kidney only: Be well hydrated. Drink as much water as is comfortable throughout the day of your exam.
  • Pelvic, bladder, OB, sonohysterogram: Finish drinking 32 oz. of water one hour prior to appointment. Do not empty bladder.

Radiology Special Instructions

  • Upper GI, esophagram, small bowel series: No food or drink after midnight (including water).
  • Barium enema: Obtain instructions from Del Amo Diagnostic Center at least 24 hours in advance.

Providence Little Company of Mary Women’s Imaging Center:

The Providence Little Company of Mary Women's Imaging Center offers several different types of exams using technologically advanced equipment. Each exam has its own guidelines and some require special instructions, which will be given when your exam is scheduled. Here are a few general guidelines that apply to all imaging exams:

  • Notify your physician and the Women's Imaging Center staff if there is any chance that you may be pregnant or are currently breastfeeding.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your examination in order to complete your registration and provide additional health information if necessary.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, avoid wearing jewelry or other metallic items, as they may interfere with the accuracy of the image, and be prepared to change into a patient gown. Bring prior x-rays or scans with you to the exam if you are instructed to do so.
  • Communicate any special needs - such as physical limitations - before your exam.
  • Check with us in advance regarding your recovery time and whether you'll need a driver after your exam so you can make the necessary arrangements.
  • Most of all, try to relax, and know that you're in good hands. We treat people with respect and compassion and we're looking forward to taking great care of you.