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News From the Food and Drug Administration
May 19, 2015

Diagnosing Gastroparesis Without Radioactive Material

JAMA. 2015;313(19):1898. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4803

A new breath test eliminates the need for radioactive material or imaging equipment to diagnose delayed gastric emptying, or gastroparesis.

The Gastric Emptying Breath Test (GEBT), approved in early April and manufactured by Advanced Breath Diagnostics in Brentwood, Tennessee, can be performed in any clinical setting, the FDA’s Alberto Gutierrez, PhD, said in a statement (http://1.usa.gov/1NPLwOw). Gutierrez directs the office of in vitro diagnostics and radiological health in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

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