Meckel’s Diverticulum Scan

If part of your small intestine is formed into a pouch about the size of your thumb in your lower abdomen, you may be diagnosed with Meckel’s Diverticulum. This area may produce ulcers and bleeding. In order for your doctor to be able to see if you are bleeding in this area, he/she may order a Meckel’s Diverticulum Scan for you.

What will the procedure involve?

This scan involves having images taken of the abdomen (similar to an x-ray). If there is bleeding in the area, your doctor will be able to see it on the image since you will be given some liquid through an IV that will make the bleeding show on the image.

Before the Scan

You should not have anything to eat or drink for at least 4 hours before the scan. Also, you should not have had a Barium study within the previous 48 hours of the scan.

During the Scan

A nurse will place a needle called an IV in your arm so that she may place a liquid in your vein. This liquid will help any bleeding in your body to show up in the images that will be taken. The imaging usually takes approximately 30 minutes, and you will need to stay very still or the scan may need to be repeated.

After the Scan

Your doctor will contact you with results and appropriate treatment.