Meckel’s Diverticulum

  • S. T. Treves
  • Richard Grand

Abstract

The primary application of technetium-99m (Tc-99m) pertechnetate scintigraphy of the abdomen is in the diagnosis of Meckel’s diverticulum. Abdominal scintigraphy with the pertechnetate anion (Tc-99mO 4 ) was initially proposed for identifying Meckel’s diverticula containing gastric mucosa by Harden et al.21 and was subsequently introduced into clinical practice for this purpose by Jewett et al.30 in 1970. Since then, many reports have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of the examination. An excellent two-part review of the subject has been written by Sfakianakis and Conway.6364 Because Meckel’s diverticulum cannot be diagnosed reliably by other imaging methods,6,14,17,46 radiopertechnetate scintigraphy is currently the best nonoperative method of definitive diagnosis for this condition. The radiation exposure is approximately equivalent to 20 sec of radiographic fluoroscopy.12

Keywords

Gastric Mucosa Barium Enema Ectopic Gastric Mucosa Sodium Pertechnetate Angiographic Demonstration 
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