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Gastric Emptying Study

General Information

Nuclear Medicine exams detect radioactive isotopes (tracers) given to the patient prior to the exam in order to show function of various areas within the body.

What is Gastric Emptying Study?

A Gastric Emptying Study is performed for gastroparesis (slow or lack of movement of food from the stomach), abdominal pain, reflux, nausea, vomiting, surgical assessment.

  • This exam may be called – Gastric Emptying, Solid Gastric Emptying.  There is also Liquid Gastric Emptying; however, unless specified we perform the Solid Gastric Emptying.
  • You will be fed an egg biscuit and a small glass of water (unless you are allergic to eggs).
  • You will stand in front of the camera periodically for 1 minute images for up to 90 minutes depending on what is observed as the exam progresses.

How should I prepare for a Gastric Emptying Study?

  • No food or drink from midnight on (no breakfast, coffee, or tea).
  • Do not take any antibiotics.
  • Do not take any stomach medications that morning.