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Gastric Emptying

What to Expect During the Procedure

You will eat a small bowl of oatmeal mixed with a radioactive tracer. (If you cannot tolerate oatmeal, special arrangements may be made in advance to eat fried eggs mixed with radioactive tracer.) There are no common side effects. You will then stand in front of the camera to acquire a 40 second image immediately after eating the oatmeal. Every 30 minutes, another image will be acquired. Our study is usually complete at the 90 minute mark. Between images, you may sit in the waiting area with your family or friends. Upon completion, you may resume normal activities.

How Should I Prepare?

In preparation for this procedure we ask that you have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day before your procedure.

What to Expect After the Procedure

No post procedural instructions are suggested. Also, no driver is needed following this procedure. Reports will be sent to your physician within 5 business days. Contact your physician for any information pretaining to the findings.