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Meckel's diverticulum is an abnormality in the small intestine that is present at birth. A Meckel's diverticulum scan is a nuclear medicine test that detects the abnormally-located gastric mucosa. Gastric mucosa is the mucous membrane layer of the stomach.
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Meckel's Diverticulum is a small abnormality in the small intestine that is present at birth. This abnormality sometimes contains gastric mucosa from the stomach, which can cause local ulcers and bleeding. A Meckel's scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that detects the abnormally-located gastric mucosa.
A radiopharmaceutical called Technetium-99m is injected into your child’s veins. Technetium-99m has a tiny amount of radioactive molecules in it.
A special camera, called a gamma camera, is used to take pictures of the abdomen once the radiopharmaceutical has been injected.
A Meckel's diverticulum scan may be helpful to assess rectal bleeding.
When you arrive, please go to the Nuclear Medicine check-in desk on the second floor of the main hospital. A clinical intake coordinator will check in your child and verify his or her registration information.
Your child may experience some discomfort associated with the insertion of the intravenous needle. The needle used for the procedure is small. Once the radiopharmaceutical is injected, the needle is withdrawn and a bandaid is placed over the site of the injection. The area where the injection was given may be a little sore.
Although the camera may appear large and intimidating, it does not touch your child.
We are committed to ensuring that your child receives the smallest radiation dose needed to obtain the desired result.
Once the scan is complete, the images will be evaluated for quality. If the scan is adequate, your child will be free to leave and resume normal activity.
One of the Children's nuclear medicine physicians will review your child’s images and create a report of the findings and diagnosis.
The nuclear medicine physician will provide a report to the doctor who ordered your child’s Meckel's diverticulum scan. Your child’s doctor will then discuss the results with you.
Department of Radiology
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