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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sudarshana Datta, MD [2]


A technetium-99m (99mTc) pertechnetate scan is the investigation of choice for the diagnosis of Meckel's diverticulum. This scan detects gastric mucosa; since approximately 50% of symptomatic Meckel's diverticula have ectopic gastric (stomach) cells contained within them. A Meckel's diverticulum containing gastric mucosa manifests as a small rounded area of increased activity in the right lower quadrant, while normal activity simultaneously appears in the stomach.

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Technetium-99m pertechnetate radioisotope scanning

Radionuclide scan or Technetium-99m scan in patients with Meckel's diverticulum
Source: Wikimedia commons [11]


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