What tests are used to diagnose Meckel’s diverticulum?
Your child’s doctor may do tests to check for blood in the stool, a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding.
If blood is present, the doctor will order a Meckel’s scan, also known as a technetium scan. This painless nuclear medicine test uses a safe, low dosage of technetium (a radioactive metal) injected into the body. Your child will receive technetium through an intravenous (IV) line. Technetium is absorbed by the intestine and allows doctors to see details that show Meckel’s diverticulum.
The Meckel’s scan may help diagnose and identify a Meckel’s diverticulum. An ultrasound or CT scan can also sometimes identify a problem associated with a Meckel’s diverticulum.
Sometimes laparoscopic surgery is needed to find out if a patient has a problem with a Meckel’s diverticulum.
Why choose us for Meckel’s scan?
At Children’s Hospital Colorado we use diagnostic equipment specially designed for children. We’re experts in using the lowest dose of nuclear material possible, to ensure a safe, effective scan. Our staff specializes in working with kids, so we make the test as stress-free as possible.