Children's meckel's study

This is a test to look for evidence of a small pouch within the bowel lining, known as a meckel's diverticulum. The lining of this pouch can become inflamed causing pain and bleeding. Before the test it is important your child does not have anything to eat or drink for four hours.

A small amount of a radioactive tracer is injected (this is like a blood test) and then pictures are taken over an hour with a gamma camera. Your child will be assessed before the test to make sure the injection and the imaging are carried out in a way that is most comfortable and least stressful to your child.

We will not sedate your child as this requires an admission onto a ward, which in itself is a stressful event. However we have an experienced team of nurses and imaging technicians who are skilled in putting children at ease.