Gastric Emptying Liquid Study

What is a gastric emptying liquid study?

A gastric emptying liquid study is a nuclear medicine test. It uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera to produce images that determine how long it takes a liquid meal to move through your stomach. This test can help your physician diagnose the cause of abdominal pain, frequent vomiting, and gastroparesis (delayed emptying). Learn more about gastric emptying liquid study.

Where is the nuclear medicine department located?

We are located in the inpatient radiology department of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

Where should I park?

Park in the main lot in front of the hospital. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the main entrance. Admissions is to the left as you enter the lobby. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • Do not eat or drink anything between the midnight before your test and the end of the test. (Note: You will be given a meal as part of the procedure.)

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • This test takes about 1½ hours.
  • When you arrive at the radiology department, a technologist will take you to the imaging room and have you drink a cup of water containing a radioactive isotope. (You will not see or taste any difference in the water.)
  • The technologist will take a 1-minute image of your stomach. A second 1-minute image will be taken 30 minutes later; a third will be taken in another 60 minutes.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Whom do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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