Biopsy and Routine Preparations
The week before:
Stop taking aspirin or aspirin products (Bufferin, Excedrin,
Ecotrin, etc.) For 7 days before the procedure.
If you take coumadin or warfarin (blood thinners), they should
be stopped 4 days before the procedure and a blood test
(prothrombin time) should be drawn 2 days before the procedure.
These test results should be faxed to the CT section at 401-793-4431.
Stop taking anti-inflammatory medications (i.e., motrin
(ibuprofen), indocin, Naprosyn, etc.) 7 days prior to the
procedure. It is okay to take Tylenol (acetaminophen).
Important: If you take aspirin or blood thinners (i.e.,
coumadin) less than 4 days before the procedure, please call the
CT scheduler at 401-793-4430 as the procedure will need
to be rescheduled for a later date.
If your doctor ordered blood tests that were done outside of The
Miriam Hospital, bring the results with you or have them faxed
to our department at 401-793-4431.
If you have outside x-ray tests such as a CT scan, MRI scan,
ultrasound or plain x-ray, please bring them with you.
The night before:
Do not eat any food or drink after midnight.
The day of the procedure:
Take your regular medications (except for those listed above)
with a sip of water in the morning.
Bring x-ray studies and blood test results with you to the
If you have trouble understanding English, bring a family member
or a friend who can translate for you.
At the hospital, first report to the admitting department to
register for your exam and receive your blue card.
Admitting staff will then direct you to the CT department, which
is on the first floor.
The procedure and recovery time usually take up to 3 hours.
You will need somebody to drive you home and be with you the
night after the procedure.
For more information about computed tomography at The Miriam
Hospital call 401-793-4402 or e-mail KLaurie@Lifespan.org.