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Diagnostic Imaging FAQs


1. Can I attend the procedure if I'm pregnant?
Nobody who is pregnant is allowed in the following exam rooms during an exam: X-ray, fluoroscopy, CT, nuclear medicine, or interventional radiology. Pregnant family members are also not allowed in the MRI room during exams.

2. How many visitors can be with my child during an exam?
At most, two people (who are 18 years old or above) are typically allowed to go with a patient into an exam room. The attending doctor may reduce that number for safety reasons. We do not provide childcare for siblings during your visit.

3. Is there anything I cannot bring into the exam room?
You must remove metal objects attracted to the MRI magnet if you are going with your child into the MRI exam room. You may also have to remove any metals that are even questionable, such as rings, earrings, watches, belt buckles, billfolds, body piercings, etc.

Removing metal items will delay your child's exam. It is best to remove all metals before coming to the Diagnostic Imaging Department. We are not responsible for any missing jewelry or personal items.

4. What if I arrive late for a scheduled appointment?
You may have to reschedule your appointment if you arrive late. We try to work everyone into our schedule, especially parents and patients willing to wait, but we cannot guarantee an exam that same day.

5. What if Diagnostic Imaging is running late?
We make every effort to see your child at their scheduled time. Exam delays can occur because of emergency cases, very sick children needing extra time for their exams, or unexpected equipment issues. Your child's safety and the wellbeing of others are our top priorities.  We will keep you informed about possible delays and get to you as quickly as possible. 

6. What fasting guidelines should we follow if my child is to be sedated before an exam?

  • No solid foods for 8 hours before the procedure.
  • No formula for 6 hours before the procedure.
  • No breast milk for 4 hours before the procedure.
  • No clear fluids for 2 hours before the procedure.
  • Your child may take his or her regular medication with sips of water up to 2 hours before the procedure.


7. My child is sick the day before or the day of the procedure. Who should I contact?
Call the Radiology Department Recovery Room at (615) 936-4929 and speak with a nurse. It is important to call if your child has a cough, congestion, or other respiratory symptoms.

8. What if I‘m not the parent of this child, but I have custodial rights?
You must bring proof of your custodial rights via legal documents or the procedure will be rescheduled.

9. My child has a medical device implant from a previous surgery. Who should I tell?
If your child has medical implants, such as metal screws, rods, pumps, pacemaker, nerve stimulator, or metal left in the body from an injury, you should tell the doctor or nurse who is scheduling your exam. Also tell us about implants or metal on the screening form you complete before the exam. For added safety, tell the technologist before the exam takes place. If you were given an ID Card noting your child's implant, bring that card with you to the exam.

10. Who should I call if I have questions?
Call (615) 343-1842, seven days a week, 7 a.m. through 8 p.m.


Last Edited: February 1, 2017
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