St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Meckel's Diverticulum Scan

A Meckel's Diverticulum Scan localises ectopic gastric mucosa in your bowel.

What will happen when you have your Meckel's Diverticulum Scan

When you arrive in the Nuclear Medicine department you will be asked to lie on the scanning table and a small injection of a radioactive tracer will be given to you in a vein in your arm. Imaging of your lower abdomen will commence immediately. These images will take approximately 1 hr. You will then be asked to leave the department and return approximately 1 hour later for another set of images which will take approximately 1 hour.

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

You will not be required to undress for the scan. The scan is performed with the Gamma Camera close to your body but you do not go through a “tunnel”.

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • You will need an appointment for this test
  • Please inform booking staff if you are or think you could be pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • You can take your medications as normal
  • You will be in the department for approximately 1 hour for the first part and 1 hour for the second part with a gap of 1 hour in between
  • Please bring any previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment
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