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    The inauguration of the NKTI-Baxter Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Center of Excellence was held last February 23, 2021 at the NKTI. The center is a two-storey warehouse for PD dialysis solutions and accessories. Facilities include areas for patient training and clinical management as well as a queuing system to make the process of claiming these lifesaving fluids more efficient for PD patients.
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Gastric Emptying and Motility Scintigraphy

Indication:

  • Post-prandial

a. Nausea , vomiting

b. Upper abdominal discomfort , bloating

c. Chronic Aspiration

  • Suspected gastroparesis

  • Poor diabetic control

  • Following response to therapy for previously documented motility disturbance.

Patient Preparations:

  • Written request from the physician is needed. An appointment schedule is made personally or through the phone.

  • NPO for a minimum of 8 hrs prior to imaging. It is preferable to be NPO after midnight , then administer radiolabeled meal in the morning.

Pertinent Information:

  • Related disease

a. Hiatal hernia

b. Gastroesophageal reflux

  • Previous intervention

a. Medication ( i.e. cisapride , metaclopramide, domperidone, and erythromycin).

When to Arrive:

  • You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This allows time for you to complete any necessary paper work, change your clothes for your scan and answer questions from our technologist about your medical history before we start your scan.

Clothing/Metallic Objects:

  • For all Nuclear Medicine procedures, you most likely will change into a hospital gown. Our changing area is private and there is a secure locker for your clothes. It is best, however, if you leave valuable items at home. If you are wearing anything metallic, such as jewelry, glasses, dentures etc. that might interfere with the Nuclear Scan.

Examination Time:

  • 20-30 minutes

Technique of Administration:

  • Ingestion

Patient Position:

  • Your technologist will then bring you into the Dual-Head Gamma Camera room where you will seated, Supine or standing on the machine table. The technologist positions the part of your body to be scanned. The detector heads does not touch you, nor do you feel anything during imaging.

Points of Emphasis:

  • The radioisotope, although radioactive, is harmless and emits less radiation than the standard x-ray.

  • Hydrate patient with 3-4 glasses of water after the injection of isotope to increase circulation.

  • Notify doctor/ Technologists if pregnant