It is very important that you hydrate yourself well before the exam. You may be asked to be on a clear liquid diet only. Clear liquids are liquids that you can see through if you place it against a light. Examples are apple juice, plain tea, black coffee, clear broth or jello. Avoid any liquids that are red in color (i.e. red jello). Milk, since you cannot see through it, is not a clear liquid and should be avoided. Don’t forget about drinking plain water!
It is very important that you follow the instructions that were given to you by your physician regarding the bowel preparation. This bowel cleansing will help you have a successful exam. Please call your physician if you have any questions.
In most cases, you will be receiving sedation and will not be able to drive home. Make sure you have made appropriate transportation arrangements.