Examination Details and Precautions

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For your appointment

Food, drink, and medication restrictions.
Morning Appointments

The Day Before

Meal

You may eat until 9 PM.
*Please refrain from consuming milk and other dairy products if your appointment includes a barium swallow or endoscopy examination.

Alcohol

Consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

The Day Of

Meal

No food
*Please do not eat.

Beverages

Please drink water, only in small amounts.
*You may drink up to 200ml of water during the two hours leading up to your appointment.

Tobacco

No smoking
*Please do not smoke.

Medication

You may take your medication as usual.
*Please take your medication at least two hours before your appointment, and inform the staff upon checking in.

*If you are taking hypoglycemic agents or injected insulin, please consult with your prescribing physician for instructions. If your physician permits, please hold off on taking them on the day of your appointment. If you are scheduled for an endoscopy, sedation use is not permitted if you have taken your medication.

*For those who are taking *warfarin (warfarin K) *Anti-coagulants, we are not able to collect tissue examples (biopsy) at our clinic. We kindly ask you to review the Upper Digestive Tract Endoscopy (Uppers GI Endoscopy)Examination section under the Examination Details and Precautions.

Afternoon Appointments

The Day Before

Meal

As usual
*Please refrain from consuming milk and other dairy products if your appointment includes a barium swallow or endoscopy examination.

Alcohol

Consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

The Day Of

Meal

8 hours before your appointment
Please finish breakfast 8 hours before your appointment. No food afterwards (including candy, gum, mint tablets, etc.)
*Please refrain from consuming milk and other dairy products if your appointment includes a barium swallow or endoscopy examination.

Beverages

Please drink water, only in small amounts.
*You may drink up to 200ml of water during the two hours leading up to your appointment.

Tobacco

No smoking
*Please do not smoke.

Medication

You may take your medication as usual.
*Please take your medication at least two hours before your appointment, and inform the staff upon checking in.

*If you are taking hypoglycemic agents or injected insulin, please consult with your prescribing physician for instructions. If your physician permits, please hold off on taking them on the day of your appointment. If you are scheduled for an endoscopy, sedation use is not permitted if you have taken your medication.

*For those who are taking *warfarin (warfarin K) *Anti-coagulants, we are not able to collect tissue examples (biopsy) at our clinic. We kindly ask you to review the Upper Digestive Tract Endoscopy (Upper GI Endoscopy)Examination section under the Examination Details and Precautions.

Examination Details and Precautions

Blood tests

【Please be sure to read before venipuncture procedures such as blood sampling, intravenous injections or infusions】

If you have felt sick or have lost consciousness in the past due to blood sampling or infusions, please notify us so that we may safely perform the procedure. The needle may hit a thin subcutaneous nerve (peripheral nerve) during blood sampling, intravenous injection, or infusion. This can cause pain that may be more intense than usual, followed by a numbness and the pain may persist, but in most cases, the after-affect will subside in a matter of days or weeks. However, in extremely rare cases (once out of 10,000 to 100,000 cases), the pain and numbness may last long-term and the hand may suffer permanent damage. The location of the peripheral nerves varies greatly from person to person, making them imYou may take your medication as usual. to locate in advance, and modern medicine unfortunately cannot completely eliminate the risk entirely. Please be aware that by consenting to blood sampling, intravenous injections, infusions, or any other venipuncture procedures you are agreeing to incur the risks of such rare occurrences.

In the unlikely event that this happens, we will provide the best treatment we can offer. Please note that the medical treatment at that time will be eligible for insurance coverage.

【Tumor markers】

This test measures specific substances produced by tumor cells mainly in the blood (serum). However, these specific substances are also produced in normal cells thus it does not immediately indicate the presence of a tumor.

【Other】

・ Please note that the blood collection results of During Pregnancy may be out of the standard value even if there is no abnormality.

・ The PSA level may be lowered if you are on medicaion for AGA.

CT / X-ray Examinations

【Please be sure to read before CT / X-ray examinations】

There have been reported incidents of partial electrical resetting in some implantable cardiac pacemakers during X-ray and/or CT examinations. Please contact us if you have a pacemaker.

Radiation Exposure and Its Effects~Basic Information~(PDF)
Upper Digestive Tract Endoscopy (Upper GI Endoscopy) Examination

【Instructions for Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy】

Instructions for Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (PDF)

【Please review carefully, if you are requesting to use sedation】

※Reservation is required in advance. Please call the reservation center.

Those who are diagnosed or suspected with glaucoma ( increased intraocular pressure.) or Enlarged Optic Disc Depression should consult with an ophthalmologist in advance. It must be confirmed that you may use sedatives with a written document (medical certificate etc.)or confirm by consulting or phoning an ophthalmologist.

If you use sedatives, you cannot drive, drink or exercise on the day of the exam. You will also need to rest for about an hour after the inspection.

【For those who are taking *warfarin (warfarin K) *Anti-coagulants】】

Warfarin (warfarin K) an anticoagulant initiates smooth blood flow and is used for medication and prevention for cerebral infraction, myocardial infraction, lower limb vein thrombosis, pulmonary thromboembolism etc.

Since there is an increased risk of post-procedure bleeding , we are not able to collect tissue examples (biopsy) at our clinic even if you take the medication with a physician’s requirement.If that is the case, we will refer you to a specialized medical institution that performs it.

We ask for your understanding of the safe conduct of examinations.

●Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Available (no need for cessation of medication)
● Biopsy: May require medication cessation or restrictions where a biopsy cannot be taken
* Please see the list of drugs that have restrictions in the attachment.

List of Restricted Drugs (PDF)
Upper Digestive Tract X-ray (Barium) Test

The upper gastrointestinal tract X-ray (upper GI) test is a test in which barium (a barium sulfate preparation) is consumed. Barium is a medicine that clearly shows up in the stomach and is needed for a detailed examination. However, sometimes after drinking barium, one can experience side effects such as constipation, temporary diarrhea, anal pain, and nausea. Additionally, in rare cases, there has been reports of patients experiencing shock (allergic symptom) called barium hypersensitivity. To ensure that patients understand the necessity and dangers of the barium exam, and that examinations are safely conducted, please check the following contraindications.

In addition to the contraindications, those who weigh more than 130 kg on the day of the test cannot be examined due to the safety concerns regarding the imaging device. In addition, please be aware that if there is residual food in your stomach on the day of the examination, or if there is excess water, it will hinder imaging and interpretation, so we may refuse to conduct the examination. Once the test is completed, please drink lots of water and to help excrete the barium out of the body as soon as You may take your medication as usual..

If any of the following items apply, you are not eligible for barium testing at this clinic:

  • Water restrictions related to the treatment of an illness (e.g. hemodialysis / peritoneal dialysis)
  • Hypersensitivity to barium preparations
  • Previous or current history of intestinal obstruction, Crohn's disease, or diverticulitis
  • History of gastrointestinal perforation
  • Undergone abdominal surgery within the last 12 months (e.g. laparotomy, laparoscopic surgery, cesarean section)
  • Undergone a colonoscopy polypectomy within the last 30 days
  • Currently pregnant / possibly of a pregnancy
  • Severe hypertension with blood pressure of BP180 / 110mmHg or over on the day of the test
MRI / MRA Examination

MRI is an examination that uses magnetic force and radio waves (high frequency) in a high magnetic field to image out the hydrogen inside the body. Since no radiation is used, there is no influence from radiation exposure.

Precautions before conducting the examination

Magnetic force and radio waves do not usually affect the human body, but if there is metal on the surface or inside the body, not only does it affect the accuracy of the test, but it can also result in dangerous situations where the metal generates heat.

If any of the following items apply, you are not eligible for an MRI at this clinic.

  • Persons with a cardiac pacemaker
  • Persons with artificial inner ears
  • Persons with metal (clips, stents, coils, etc.) inside the body from past surgeries
  • Persons with dentures, implants, etc.
  • Persons who are claustrophobic, who are scared of small tight spaces
  • Persons with tattoos (art makeup tattoo)
  • Persons with color contacts
  • Persons with nail art
  • Persons who are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Persons who cannot maintain the same posture for long periods of time
Breast and Gynecological Examination

【Persons who are menstruating】

Endometrial cancer exam and vaginal smear culture are not accepted.
* We asked that you bring in your urine and stool samples on a later date.
* The cervical cancer examination, transvaginal ultrasound, and HPV examinations are available. Thanks to the LBC method, with a high test accuracy is adopted, there have been no cases where specimens could not be created due to menstrual blood contamination since our clinic has been in business. If you wish to have an endometrial cancer exam or vaginal smear culture done, we will reschedule the exams on for a later date.

【Persons currently breastfeeding】

We do not allow the mammography exam at our clinic.
* Ultrasound (echo) tests can be performed without any problem, but if you are currently breastfeeding or if its right after you have started weaning, the accuracy of the test may be slightly lower than usual. If you use sedation during your endoscopy (upper GI endoscopy or colonoscopy), we ask that you refrain from breastfeeding for at least 12 hours after administration, so please milk beforehand if necessary.

【Persons undergoing fertility treatment】

Please notify your attending physician of your medical checkup, be sure to receive clear instructions regarding any exams involving radiation and please notify our clinic about your treatment and your physician’s instructions.

【Pregnant women, persons who are potentially pregnant】

Regardless of whether or not you wish to have a baby, the following test items will not be available on the day of your appointment.

  • X-ray examination (chest, stomach (barium),Bone density, and mammography)
  • CT examination
  • MRI / MRA Examination
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (Upper GI Endoscopy)
  • Lower digestive tract endoscope (Colonoscopy)
  • Uterine cancer test

* Please note that blood sampling results if you are pregnant may fall outside of the standard range even if there are no abnormalities.

Other for the appointment

General Information

  • If you are wearing contact lenses and fall under 1 or 2 below , please remove your contact lenses. Please bring a storage case or replacement contact lenses.
    1. Those who have an intraocular pressure test and are wearing HARD contact lenses.
    2. Those who have an MRI test and are wearing COLOR contact lenses.
    * In that cases other than the above, it is basically possible to inspect while wearing contact lenses, but it may be request you to remove them regardless of the type, depending on the measurement value and shooting state. We recommend that you bring a storage case or replacement contact lenses just in case.
  • Please refrain from bringing children to any appointments.
  • If you still have not received the pre-mailed paperwork (exam kit, etc.) a week prior to your appointment, please contact us.
  • The various medical checkup and comprehensive health screening costs are not covered by medical insurance.
  • Please be sure to bring your insurance card, as we may conduct examinations that are eligible for insurance coverage.
  • We do not hand out parking vouchers so please use public transportation.

Advance Notices

If any of the following matters apply, please let us know in advance.

  • If your surname or insurance card information has changed since the time of booking
  • If there is an error in your name, date of birth, etc.
  • If you are currently pregnant or there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • If you are a wheelchair user or requre extra assistance
  • If you have a pacemaker
  • If you have undergone breast augmentation surgery (silicone, saline bags, fat / hyaluronic acid injection, etc.)

Other

If you do not feel well on the day of your appointment, we may postpone (or cancel) some tests or the entire comprehensive health screening/medical checkup at the discretion of our doctors.

  • Fever of 37.5 degrees or more
  • If you have symptoms such as high blood pressure
  • Those infected with an infection desease, such as influenza or conjunctivitis (e.g. adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis, severe redness in the eyes, eyes, tears)