What is a meckel's scan?

A meckel's scan is for detection and localization of a meckel's diverticulum containing functioning gastric mucosa. In other words, we are looking for a small section of your bowel that is abnormal.

How should I prepare for a meckel's scan?

There is no prep for this test.

How long does the test take?

When you arrive to the Nuclear Medicine Department a technologist will take you to the imaging room and have you remove any metal from your abdomen area. You will then be asked to lie onto our imaging table with the camera positioned over your abdomen.

The technologist will then inject a radioactive isotope into a vein in your arm and begin a series of images that will take approximately thirty minutes. There are no side effects to the injection. After the thirty minutes of imaging the technologist may ask you to empty your bladder and then take another one minute image.

How soon will the scan results be available?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via the internal computer system.

It is essential to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant before undergoing this scan because of radiation exposure.

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