There are 2 types of studies.
- For the liquid study, a very small amount of tracer is mixed in a cup of water which the patient will drink.
- The solid study involves a small amount of tracer mixed in an egg toast which the patient will eat.
A Gamma camera will be placed in front of the patient, over the stomach region and the progression of the water or food will be monitored over a period of time. The entire study can be up to 1 hour. There should be minimal movement during the procedure.
Before the Examination
- You should not take any food 6 hours prior to the procedure.
- Diabetic patients can bring their medication and administer it prior to the procedure.
- You should not have undergone a stomach or small intestine examination using a scope (gastroscope) at least one week before the procedure.
- You should stop all stomach medications 2 days before the procedure. Please consult your doctor or nuclear medicine physician on which medications to stop.