This is a simple test to look for a small pouch of bowel called a Meckels Diverticulum. The lining of this pouch can become inflamed causing pain and bleeding. Before the test it is important you have nothing to eat or drink for four hours. You will be given an injection in your arm of a small amount of radioactivity that settles into the lining of the meckels. The injection feels very similar to a blood test and has no side effects.
You will need to lie on a special couch while the gamma camera takes a series of pictures for an hour; there is no need to undress for this, the camera does not go over your head, nor will you go through a tunnel.
After all the images are completed, the technologist will check them before you go home. We will not be able to give out the result of the study immediately but a written report will be sent to the referring doctor. There are no side effects from the test.