Gastric Emptying Study

You have been scheduled for a gastric emptying study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
You cannot have any food or drink four hours before the test. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
You will be given toast and a radioactive scrambled egg to eat. Then you will lie down on a table where a special detector called a gamma camera will be placed near your abdomen. Images will be taken from the front and back for ninety minutes.

The technologist will then perform some computer manipulation of the images. The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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