Monitoring Gastric Emptying via a Simple Non-invasive Breath Test

13C breath tests offer a non-invasive, non-radioactive alternative to many other diagnostic techniques. Gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying) is often diagnosed via scintigraphy – a costly, cumbersome procedure that must be performed in specialized outpatient centers and exposes the patient to radiation-emitting compounds. Alternatively, the rate of emptying can be much more easily determined by administering the patient with a 13C labeled substrate, and monitoring the expelled 13CO2 in the patient’s breath on a Sercon ABCA.