Gastric (stomach)

C14 Breath Test

What is a breath test?

The breath test shows whether a bacterium, called Helicobacter pylori, is present in your gut.

Do I need to prepare for the test?

• You must have nothing to eat and drink from midnight before the test.

• If you have been prescribed triple therapy, you must have stopped this 8 weeks prior to the test.

• If you have been prescribed antibiotics for the condition you must have stopped them at least 4 weeks prior to the test.

What is involved in the test?

You will be asked to drink a few mouthfuls of a tasteless liquid. This contains a small amount of radioactivity. About 20 minutes later you will be required to blow through a straw into another liquid. This will take 2 – 3 minutes.

Meckels Scan

What is a meckels scan?
A meckels scan helps to locate the site of bleeding within the abdomen.

Is there are special preparation for the scan?
Please do not eat or drink anything from midnight the day before the test.

What happens when I arrive in the department?
You will be given a small injection of a slightly radioactive substance into a vein in your arm.

How long between the injection and the scan?
The images are acquired immediately after the injection is given.

How are the images acquired?
The camera is placed over your stomach. The camera will not touch you but it will be very close to your body.  The images will take approximately one hour to acquire.

Shillings Test

What is a Schillings Test?

The Schillings test is used to check the ability of the body to absorb vitamin B 12, an important nutrient.

Do I need to prepare for the test?

If you are having vitamin B12 injections, please stop them for three days prior to the test.

Please do not eat or drink anything from midnight before the appointment time. You will also need to fast for a further two hours after the appointment time.

What does the test involve?

You will be given two small capsules to swallow, followed by a small injection of vitamin B12 into your arm or bottom. There are no side effects from this injection.

You will then be required to collect your urine (in a container that will be provided) for the following 24 hours, and deliver it to the Nuclear Medicine Department.

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