How to Prepare for a Gastric Empty Study

You should have nothing by mouth for a minimum of 4 hours prior to initiating the exam.

Medications that should be stopped 24 hours prior to the exam are:

  • Stomach medications (Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix, Tums, Pepto Bysmol)
  • Opiate-based medications (Morphine, Dilautid, Phentynol)

In some cases your doctor may want to continue a stomach medication while performing the exam. In such cases, this should be noted on the physician’s order.

If you have had recent imaging (X-rays, CT, MRI, PET), it is a good idea to bring a copy of the report. If it’s possible to bring the images on a CD, this is even more beneficial to correlate with the gastric empty interpretation by the radiologist.

Feel free to bring an MP3/portable music player or your favorite CD (we have a CD player).