Pain Management

Patients coming to the hospital for Pain Management:

  • All medications in their original bottles (not a list but the actual bottles), any copays and deductibles, a driver (if having a procedure), and a valid photo ID.

Outpatient Lab Testing

Patients coming to the hospital for Outpatient Laboratory Testing:

• Patients should report to Outpatient Registration for their lab work.
• The patient needs to understand clearly whether their doctor wants the tests to be fasting or not. If the tests are fasting, 8-10 hours is usually sufficient, unless having a lipid profile. For lipid profiles, patients should fast for 12 hours.

Following physician's instructions can make an important difference in test results. In fact, your physician may ask for your test to take place at a certain time of the day. Collecting the samples as closely to the specified time as possible can make a significant difference in the results.

MRI

Patients coming to the hospital for an MRI scan:

• Patients should not have any metal in their clothing. Please avoid wearing items with metal snaps or zippers. If this is unavoidable, hospital gowns are available. Women are encouraged to wear a sports bra; by doing so they won't have to remove their bra for the scan.
• Please leave all jewelry at home. (includes jewelry, dentures, eyeglasses, or hearing aids that might interfere with the MRI scan) If you bring/wear these items we will ask you to remove and place them in a locker furnished by SAMC. You should not have your credit cards in your pockets during the scan because the MRI magnet can affect the magnetic strip on the card. Patients who are having a brain / head scan should not wear make-up as some brands contain metal.
• Patients should advise MRI staff of any metallic implants within their body, i.e., pacemakers, heart valves, metal implants in a patient's brain, eyes or ears, and infusion catheters.
• In addition, patients who have been injured by bullets or shrapnel, or patients who work with metals, should discuss with staff to determine if an MRI can be performed safely.
• Certain metal surgical implants typically do not cause problems. Most orthopedic and dental implants are not magnetic. This includes most hip and knee replacements; plates, screws, and rods used to treat fractures; and cavity fillings. It should be understood that these implants could potentially distort the MRI image if located near the scan site. Even if you believe your e metal implant is safe for an MRI scan, you must discuss it with the MRI personnel to ensure it is compatible.
• Bring a list of all current medications.
• All of our MRI scan rooms have a CD player. Patients are encouraged to bring a disc of their favorite music to listen to during their time in the MRI scanner.