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Meckel's Scan

Preparation:
You will be asked to fast (not eat or drink anything) for 6 - 8 hours prior to your exam.  You should expect to be at WDH for approximately 1 hour for this procedure.

What to Expect: 
Upon arrival to Radiology Reception, you will be greeted and escorted back to the Nuclear Medicine suite by one of our team members.  Your Technologist will explain the procedure to you, discuss your symptoms (if any),medical history and start and IV in your arm (or hand)  Then, he/she will inject of a small amount of a radiopharmaceutical. The injection has no side affects and you will not feel any different from it.

The Technologist will assist you onto the imaging table lying on your back.  From there, the Technologist will position the camera so that it is positioned above your abdomen.  The scan take 60 minutes.  For maximun comfort, a pillow is placed under the head and the knees and you are covered with a warm blanket.  Feel free to bring your favorite DVD movie or music CD or you may choose one from our selection. 

Once the images are acquired, your Technologist will evaluate the images for quality, remove your IV, address any issues or concerns that you may have and escort you back to the reception area.  The images are read by a Radiologist (doctor) and the results are dictated, transcribed and sent to the ordering physician within 3 business days.  The ordering physician will provide results to the patient.

Common reasons for performing a Meckel's Scan include (but are not limited to):

  • Localization of a Meckel's Diverticulum with functioning gastric mucosa
  • Detection of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Evaluation of a positive guaiac test
  • Evaluation of abdominal pain in children

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