Your doctor has recommended you for herniography. This is a fluoroscopic procedure designed to identify difficult-to-detect hernias. Herniography may help if other examinations and studies have been inconclusive. Richard Sukov, MD, FACR, chief of Cedars-Sinai Gastrointestinal Radiology, leads a team of physicians, nurses and technologists who specialize in these studies.
Before Your Procedure
- For a satisfactory exam, it is important that you not eat anything for six hours before the examination.
- You should not be on blood-thinning medications.
- You should not take aspirin or aspirin products for two weeks before the examination.
- If your doctor gave you an order, please bring it with you.
- We want to make any time you have to wait as pleasant as possible. Consider bringing your favorite magazine, book or music player to help you pass the time.
During Your Procedure
- The technologist will explain your procedure and answer any questions you may have prior to your exam.
- You will be asked to change into a gown and to lie on the exam table on your back with your arms at your side.
- An iodinated contrast agent is injected into the abdominal/peritoneal cavity.
- Your procedure will take approximately 30 minutes. This may be longer if more images are required.
After Your Procedure
- It is preferred that you have someone to drive you home.
- Your study will be read by the imaging physician and results sent to your physician, usually within 24 hours.
- Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.
- To request copies of your pictures on a CD, or a copy of your report, please call 310-423-8000, option 2, or submit an online request.