Imaging Center

Nuclear Medicine Meckels Scan

Purpose: A Nuclear Medicine Meckels Scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure used to detect problems involving your gastrointestinal tract.

Preparation: Do not have any barium studies for at least one week before your examination. You cannot have anything to eat, drink, smoke or chew for 4 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. 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 needle will be inserted into a vein in your arm and a radioactive isotope will be injected into your bloodstream. You will be asked to lie on your back on the nuclear medicine table as images of your gastrointestinal tract are acquired.

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

Time Frame: 60 minutes

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