This test detects the presence of acid secreting stomach tissue in places other than the stomach.
A technologist will briefly explain the test to you and try to answer any questions you may have about the procedure. The technologist will ask you a few questions about your medical history and medications. You will be asked to lie down on the bed and the camera will be positioned above your abdomen. You then will be given an injection of a radioactive tracer.
Pictures will be taken continuously for half an hour (it is very important that you do not move during the pictures). At the end of half an hour a picture is taken from above and from the side (our nuclear medicine doctor may ask that these two pictures to be repeated later in the day as well).
The exam will take approximately one hour.
Before the Procedure
You should have nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to the test. If the patient is an infant the fasting period is shorter, please speak with a nuclear medicine technologist to confirm the fasting time.
Please bring a list of all medications and supplements you take. This includes vitamins, herbal remedies, and holistic medications. Please do not bring children or pregnant women with you to the department. We do not want to expose them to unnecessary radiation.