Gastrointestinal Bleeding Scan

This is a test in which a harmless radioactive material is injected into a vein. The purpose is to locate sites of bleeding which may occur in the bowel or abdomen. This is also used in place of arteriography (x-ray procedure of arteries) for a person who is having surgery to correct the bleeding. It helps the surgeon find the location of bleeding. The radioactive material will show up as an area of increased radioactivity on the scan.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

No collection of radionuclide in GI tract.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.