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How to prepare for medical exam

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2012 at 4:52 AM

My GI has asked me to get a followup gastric emptying test done. This is a radioactive test but the amount of radiation is pretty trivial, close to an Xray I think. The question is, how should I prepare for this exam to minimize the impact of radiation? I think I read that Spirulina is supposed to be good. Is that what I should do and if so where should I get it and how much should I take when? I can't eat anything midnight onwards before the exam and it is at 1pm.

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on April 05, 2012
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Ditto. Don't worry about it. Get some nice sleep would be my advice. P.S. I have delayed gastric emptying... I hope your test results show that you're healthy.

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I read the question and was like "Doh. Study." but then realized you weren't talking about a school exam.

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on March 08, 2012
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Hi,

I've been working for a few months in a diagnostic radiology. I wouldn't worry much about that radiation. Every plane flight will expose you to a similar amount. Though it is correct that pilots have to give feedback about their time up in the air, they can do hundreds of flights within lifetime until the dose reaches a serious range.

Well, I can imagine that antioxidants such as vitamin c and e might be beneficial, but not really necessary.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:49 AM

Ditto. Don't worry about it. Get some nice sleep would be my advice. P.S. I have delayed gastric emptying... I hope your test results show that you're healthy.

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