Gastroesophageal Reflux Scan

This is a scan used to check patients with symptoms of heartburn, regurgitation, vomiting, and problems swallowing. Regurgitation means that food is returning to the esophagus (the tube that carries food from mouth to stomach) from the stomach, after the food has been swallowed and is already in the stomach. In this procedure, a radioactive drink is given to the patient to see if it returns into the esophagus after being swallowed. This test may also be used to see if there is any stomach fluid drawn into the lungs.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

No evidence of gastroesophageal reflux.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.