Meckel's Diverticulum Nuclear Scan

Meckel's diverticulum is a common birth condition which sometimes occurs during the development of the fetus. A diverticulum is like a small pouch or sac. This results in a small pouching out of the last part of the small bowel. The location of the pouch (Meckel's diverticulum) is usually about 2 feet before the small bowel empties into the large bowel. The diverticulum contains a lining which is similar to the lining of the stomach. Because of this, the lining has an acid secretion which can cause bleeding in this area of the small bowel. In this test, a radioactive material is injected into the blood. Then an x-ray scan is done to determine if there is an increased uptake of the radioactive material in the right lower portion of the abdomen. If there is an increase in uptake, it may mean that bleeding is taking place in that area.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

You should have nothing to eat or drink for 6-12 hours before the examination or as directed by your caregiver.

NORMAL FINDINGS

No increased uptake of radionuclide in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen.

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.