Meckel's diverticulum diagnostic study of choice
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Technetium-99m pertechnetate radioisotope scanning or the Meckel scan is considered as the diagnostic study of choice in patients with a bleeding Meckel's diverticulum. This scan helps in the detection of the ectopic gastric mucosa within the diverticulum that leads to ulceration of the adjacent intestinal mucosa, leading to symptoms of bleeding in patients.
Diagnostic Study of Choice
Technetium-99m pertechnetate radioisotope scanning
- September 2014: Guidelines for the Scintigraphy for Meckel’s diverticulum were laid down by:
- Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)
- European Association for Nuclear Medicine (EANM)
- Technetium-99m pertechnetate scanning helps in the detection of a symptomatic bleeding Meckel’s diverticulum.
- It is preferred as the investigation of choice for the diagnosis of Meckel's diverticula in children due to the following features:
- Technetium-99m pertechnetate scanning is not preferred in adults as false negative rates are high with specificity of 9% and sensitivity of 62%.
- Indications of Meckel's scan:
- False-positives are seen in the following conditions:
- On intravenous administration, the Technetium-99m pertechnate radioisotope is taken up by the gastric mucosa.
- In order to obtain a positive result, at least 1.8 cm2 of ectopic gastric mucosa in Meckel's diverticulum is required.
- A Meckel's diverticulum containing gastric mucosa manifests as a small rounded area of increased activity in the right lower quadrant.
- Normal activity simultaneously appears in the stomach.
- Technetium-99m pertechnetate scanning requires 30 images, taken at 1-minute intervals to demonstrate terminal ileum activity.
- The use of Pentagastrin in Technetium-99m pertechnetate scanning has a synergistic effect:
- Role of Pentagastrin:
- Agents promoting retention of 99m technetium pertechnetate:
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