Children's gastric emptying scan

This test looks at the rate at which the stomach empties after feeding. It is often carried out for children who fail to thrive, where there are frequent unexplained chest infections or where a child is vomiting immediately after feeding.

A small amount of a radioactive tracer will be put into a cup of milk or your child's normal milk feed (providing it does not contain any thickening agent) and then pictures are taken with a gamma camera over the following hour. Your child will be assessed before the test to make sure the imaging is carried out in a way that is most comfortable and least stressful to your child.

We will not sedate your child as this can affect the rate the stomach empties. We have an experienced team of nurses and imaging technicians who are skilled in putting children at ease in order to obtain the best possible images.