St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Oesophageal Transit Scan

An Oesophageal Transit scan investigates swallowing abnormalities.

What will happen when you have your Oesophageal Transit Scan

When you arrive in the Nuclear Medicine department you will be instructed to drink some water with a radioactive tracer mixed in and images of your oesophagus will be acquired immediately. The water shouldn't make you feel unwell and will taste no different to ordinary water. The imaging should take approximately 45 minutes.

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

You will not be required to undress for the scan. The scan is performed with the Gamma Camera close to your body but you do not go through a “tunnel”.

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • You will need an appointment for this test
  • Please inform booking staff if you are or think you may be pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • You can eat and drink normally before the test
  • You can take your medications as normal
  • You will be in the department for approximately 45 minutes
  • Please bring any previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment
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