Imaging Center

Nuclear Medicine GI Bleed Study

Purpose: A Nuclear Medicine GI Bleed Study is a diagnostic imaging procedure used to detect and locate gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with suspected bleeding.

Preparation: Do not have any barium studies for at least one week before your examination. A nuclear medicine technician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. If you think you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before your exam.

What to Expect: A small amount of blood will be drawn from your arm. This blood will be combined with a radioactive isotope. After 30 minutes, the radioisotope will be injected into your bloodstream. You will be asked to lie on your back as images are acquired, which will take approximately 60 minutes.

Post Exam Information: Your images will be reviewed by a radiologist and the results of your exam will be forwarded to your provider. Your provider will be able to discuss the results of your exam with you.

Time Frame: 90 minutes

Contact for additional information: Rusk County Memorial Hospital Imaging Services Department at 715-532-5561 ext. 1244.