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Gastric Emptying

Solid Gastric Emptying Study

A gastric emptying study is a nuclear medicine procedure performed to determine how fast food leaves the stomach. The patient ingests a small amount of radioactivity mixed with oatmeal, and then the stomach is imaged for an average of 90 minutes. From this, computerized images are generated which can determine if there is a delayed emptying. Doctors may order this study for adults and children who frequently vomit, feel bloated after eating, or complain of abdominal pain. .

Preparing for Gastric Emptying Study

Patients should not eat or drink anything for four to six hours before they have the specially prepared food once they arrive for the study. They will be asked for their medication list when scheduling as some drugs affect the results of this exam.