Gastric Emptying Study

Location: Out Patient Diagnostic Center, 95 Building on the Ground Floor


Click for Printable Directions

Check In at Registration Desk

The Gastric Emptying study is performed in nuclear, within the radiology department at Piedmont Hospital. The test will involve eating the white part of eggs.

You will remain lying on your back for the duration of the test, which will depend on how fast your stomach empties the food. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.

You should arrive at _____________am/pm.


  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the test.
  • No barium studies for 48 hours prior to study.
  • No pain medications or sedatives for 12 hours prior to the procedure. Do not take any reglan, domperidone, or any other antacids after midnight the night before the test.
  • You should not have this test if you are pregnant, or if there is the possibility that you might be pregnant. Please notify your doctor immediately.
  • Wear comfortable clothes to the procedure.
  • Bring your insurance cards with you to the test.

If you have any questions or need to cancel, please call 404-355-3200.

The physicians at Digestive Healthcare of Georgia are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In the interest of everyone’s health and safety we ask all patients and their guests who have a fever (100° or above), symptoms of a respiratory infection, or who may have traveled to a restricted country or may have been exposed to a person with known COVID-19, the flu or any other communicable disease to reschedule their appointments or procedures. You will not be charged for canceling/rescheduling your appointment. We will be following CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health’s recommendations for screening and management of patients. If you are at all concerned you may have a serious infectious disease, your best course of action is to seek care at your primary care physician’s office or local hospital’s emergency department.

We have implemented a telemedicine visit for our patients who are unable to be in the office for their appointment. Please call our office to schedule a telemedicine visit with your provider.