A gastric emptying study is performed to evaluate the function of the stomach by measuring how quickly food empties from it.
A gastric emptying exam will take about four hours.
A nuclear medicine technologist will give you a meal of scrambled eggs or oatmeal with a small amount of radioactive tracer added, along with two slices of toast with jam.
Immediately following the meal, images will be taken of your stomach using the nuclear medicine scanner. Images will be taking at timed intervals for the next four hours, as directed by the nuclear medicine technologist.
Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists. The findings will be sent to your healthcare provider who will then contact you to discuss the results.
Unless directed otherwise, you may drive, resume your normal diet, exercise and take all prescribed medications after your appointment.