Solid GE

What is Solid GE?

Solid GE is a gastric emptying study that demonstrates what percent of food empties from your stomach over time.

How do I prepare for the exam?

You must have nothing to eat or drink for six (6) hours prior to the exam.  If you have any food allergies (specifically eggs) or dietary restrictions, please let us know at the time that your exam is scheduled.

What will happen during the exam?

A meal will be prepared consisting of scrambled eggs, toast and water. A radioactive tracer will be added to the scrambled eggs. You will not be able to taste the radioactive tracer. 

After finishing the meal, imaging will begin. You will be asked to stand in front of a gamma camera for 90 seconds. This process will be repeated every 15 minutes for a total of 90 minutes.  Please bring a book or other materials with you to occupy your time during images. Parents will stay with their children through the entire procedure.

How long will the procedure take?

The entire procedure will take approximately two (2) hours.

What will happen after the exam?

After the exam, the technologist will process your images using a computer.  A radiologist will evaluate the images within 24 hours and dictate a report.  The report will be sent to your physician.

How will I receive my results?

You will get the results of the exam from your doctor.

Important: If there is any possibility that you are PREGNANT or NURSING a baby, please speak with your referring physician before your scheduled appointment.


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