You are required to fast for 4 hours prior to your examination. Please do not have anything to eat, drink, smoke or chew during the fasting period. All medications (including prescribed reflux medication) must be taken on the day of your examination prior to commencing the 4 hour fasting period. Gaviscon must NOT be taken on the day of your appointment.
The test is performed in two stages.
The nuclear medicine technologist will give you approximately 150mL of water to drink. A small amount of a radioactive tracer is placed into the water to enable us to see the transit of the water with our imaging equipment. You will lay on the scanner bed and 35 minutes of imaging will commence after consuming the water.
Following a 90-minute break, a further 25 minutes of imaging will be performed.
You are free to leave the department. Your results will be sent to your referring health professional.
Your GP or specialist may refer you for this test if you are suffering from:
• chronic cough
• chest pain
• throat clearing
• difficulty swallowing
• recurrent chest, throat and/or ear infections
• new or worsening asthma
• disrupted sleep
• tooth decay or gum disease
Please allow up to three hours. You are free to leave the department for the 90-minute break between stage one and stage two.
This test is bulk billed.
Yes, but in most cases, we do not perform nuclear medicine procedures on pregnant women, unless a medical benefit outweighs any potential risks.
• Your original referral or request form
• Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards
• Previous relevant imaging