Gastrointestinal Bleeding

  • S. T. Treves
  • R. J. Grand

Abstract

The principal nuclear medicine methods for the detection and localization of gastrointestinal bleeding in children are technetium-99m pertechnetate (99mTc -O 4 - ) scintigraphy and 99mTc-labeled red blood cell (99mTc -RBC) scintigraphy. Of the two methods, the most frequently used is Tc-O 4 - abdominal scintigraphy for the detection of Meckel’s diverticulum. This method relies on pertechnetate uptake by functioning ectopic gastric mucosa. Gastrointestinal bleeding from any source can be detected by 99mTc -RBC scintigraphy, which relies on the visualization of extravasated tracer from the blood pool.

Keywords

Gastric Mucosa Blood Pool Ectopic Gastric Mucosa Gastric Uptake Pertechnetate Uptake 
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