Gastroesophageal Reflux Scan

What is a gastroesophageal reflux scan?

A gastroesophageal reflux scan is a nuclear medicine test for pediatric patients. It uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera to produce images that help assess how efficiently the stomach is being emptied of its contents. This test can help your physician diagnose the presence and/or determine the cause of esophageal reflux, vomiting, gastroparesis (delayed emptying), failure to thrive, and poor feeding. Learn more about gastroesophageal reflux scan.

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 the patient is pregnant, might be pregnant, or is a nursing mother.
  • Any other recent nuclear medicine exams or barium studies may make this exam contraindicated.
  • Ideally, the patient should not eat anything between the midnight before the test and the end of the procedure. (Note: The patient will be given milk or formula as part of the procedure.) The patient must not eat anything for 4 hours before the test. Exception: If the patient is on continuous G-tube feeds, 2 hours is acceptable.
  • Unless told otherwise, please bring formula or milk from home.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • When you arrive at the radiology department, a technologist will take the patient to the imaging room and have him or her drink some formula or milk containing a radioactive isotope. (The patient will not see or taste any difference in the formula or milk.) Note: A parent may stay in the room during the exam.
  • The technologist will have the patient lie on the imaging table and will begin the scan, which takes about an hour.
  • When the initial scan is complete, its results will be calculated. A second image may be necessary; if so, it will take place 2 hours from the time the patient drank the formula or milk. This second image will only take 60 seconds.
  • If the patient vomits the formula or milk before the end of the test, the procedure will probably be stopped.

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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