What is a Meckel’s Diverticulum Study?
Meckel's Diverticulum is a small abnormality in the small intestine. This abnormality sometimes contains gastric mucosa from the stomach, which can cause local ulcers and bleeding. A Meckel's scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that detects the abnormally located gastric mucosa.
How long does a Meckel’s Diverticulum Study take?
The scan will take about 1 and a half hours to complete.
What preparation is required for a Meckel’s Diverticulum Study?
You are required to fast from eating or drinking for 4 hours prior to the test.
Please bring your referral from the doctor, any relevant recent scans/tests, and your Medicare card.
What does a Meckel’s Diverticulum Study involve?
You will be asked to lay on the scanning bed and the camera will be placed over your abdomen. You will be given a small injection of a radioactive tracer into a vein in your arm. This injection will not make you feel any different. Scan images will start immediately after the injection and will continue for 1 hour. During this time, you are asked to try and remain still under the camera.
When are the results available?
After your scan is completed a Nuclear Medicine Physician will review your scan and write a report of the results. This report and the scan images will be sent securely electronically to your referring doctor/specialist. If you require your results to be sent to a different doctor, please advise the staff on the day of your scan.
Are there any costs for this scan?
No, your scan will be Bulk Billed. This means there is NO out of pocket cost for you if you qualify for Medicare.