Meckels Diverticulum Scan

Also known as: Meckel diverticulum scan, Meckel’s diverticulum imaging, Meckel’s scan.

What is a Meckel’s diverticulum scan?

Meckel’s diverticulum is an abnormality in the small intestines present since birth. It is caused by abnormally located stomach tissue and can lead to ulcers and bleeding later in life. A Meckel’s diverticulum scan is a test used to look for the presence of the abnormal tissue.

What happens during the procedure?

  • While the patient rests on a table, a small amount of a safe radioactive substance is injected into the veins.
  • Then a special camera is used to take images of the abdomen for a period of time after the injection.
  • The patient must lie still while the images are being produced.

Is any special preparation needed?

The patient may need to avoid food, drink or certain medications for a period of time before the test. The patient may also have to take a medication prior to the test that aids in identifying the abnormality.

What are the risk factors?

There is a slight risk of a reaction to the radioactive material given to the patient, but this risk is very minor.

Reviewed by: Carrie Firestone Baum, MD

This page was last updated on: April 22, 2021 03:57 PM

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