Imaging Center

Nuclear Medicine H-Pylori Test

Purpose: A Nuclear Medicine H-Pylori breath test is a diagnostic imaging procedure that is used to detect an active H-Pylori infection in the stomach.

Preparation: Your physician will provide you with a list of medications you cannot take prior to this examination. Do not have anything to eat, drink, smoke or chew for 1 hour before to your appointment time. A Nuclear Medicine Technician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. If you think you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before your exam.

What to Expect: You will be asked to swallow a capsule that contains a small amount of radioactive urea. A breath sample will be taken after fifteen minutes. This sample will be used to test for an increase in carbon dioxide.

Post Exam Information: Your breath samples will be sent to a laboratory for testing and the results of your exam will be forwarded to your physician. Your physician will be able to discuss the results of your exam with you.

Time Frame: 20 minutes

Contact for additional information: Rusk County Memorial Hospital Imaging Services Department at 715-532-5561 ext. 1244.