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Gastric Emptying Study

Planning ahead:

  • Your doctor will instruct you to stop taking some of your medications for 48 hours prior to this exam. Follow your doctor’s instructions on which medicines to continue taking.
  • You cannot have this exam if you are allergic to eggs, gluten, or wheat.
  • Arrive at the hospital 30 minutes before your exam is scheduled. Ask the scheduler what time that is.

Bring with you when you come for your test:

  • Complete list of medications you are currently taking – name and dosage of each medication, and when you take it.
  • Written physician’s order for the test.

On the day of the test:

  • Come in through the main entrance of Mon Health Medical Center and to the Radiology Services registration desk, down the hallway to the right.
  • Plan to be at the hospital for approximately three hours for this procedure.

During the exam:

  • You will be given a special sandwich to eat over a short period of time (less than seven minutes).
  • Then you will lie flat on a table for imaging, for at least two hours.

Or call the Mon Health Nuclear Medicine Department at (304) 598-1280.

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