About your visit to the Prairie Diagnostic CenterFor your convenience we have listed below some information that will help you know what to expect when you visit the Prairie Diagnostic Center for a cardiac catheterization, cardiac CT angiography or vascular ultrasound testing. Cardiac CatheterizationA cardiac catheterization is a procedure during which X-ray motion picture films are taken of your heart and the arteries that supply it with much needed oxygen rich blood. Generally, the procedure is not painful. If needed, your cardiologist may order a mild sedative.
How does the testing work?
What can I expect after the testing is complete?
Preparing for your cardiac procedure
Your cardiologist’s office staff will schedule your testing at the Prairie Diagnostic Center at St. John’s Hospital. Once this is completed you should pre-register by contacting the Prairie Diagnostic Center at (217) 527-3700 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. or pre-register online If we do not hear from you we will be contacting you within 48 hours of your scheduled procedure date.
You will be asked the following questions
What you may be asked to bring with you the day of the procedure
The day of your procedure
Results from your testing
Your cardiologist will discuss the results of your cardiac catheterization and provide a treatment plan for you before leaving the Prairie Diagnostic Center at St. John’s Hospital.
Cardiac CT scan
Computed Tomography (CT) System, also known as a “CAT Scan” is a medical diagnostic tool that creates images of your body’s internal structures. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of your anatomy for your physician to analyze and then determine the presence of any cardiovascular disease. Dye and specific medications may be prescribed for certain CT procedures.
If you are having a procedure with dye you can expect the following:
What do do BEFORE testing
Twenty-four hours prior to scheduled test
Drink PLENTY of fluids 24 hours prior to your procedure STOP using ALL caffeine products including those labeled "CAFFEINE-FREE.”
The day of the procedure
If you have received dye and specific cardiac medication during the testing your blood pressure and heart rate will be monitored for at least 15 to 30 minutes. The needle will be removed and you may return to normal daily activity. Within 72 hours of your testing your cardiologist will discuss the results of your procedure and provide a treatment plan for you.
Vascular Ultrasound Testing
Vascular ultrasound testing uses high frequency sound waves to look at
the arteries and veins in the body. The testing will determine if you
have any vascular disease or blockages of the arteries or veins.
Carotid, Arterial and Venous ultrasound testing:
Abdominal ultrasound (Renal, Mesenteric, Aorta and Iliac):
The day of your procedure:
What can I expect after the test is over?
is read by a physician specialized in reading vascular ultrasounds.
You may return to normal activity after leaving the Center, unless
otherwise directed by your physician. Within 2 to 3 business days your
cardiologist will discuss the results of your procedure and provide a
treatment plan for you.