Patterns of intestinal activity with Meckel's scintigraphy

Ralph Blumhardt, Gerald W. Growcock, Michael F. Hartshorne, John C. Lasher, Anthony R. Benedetto, Steven R. Bunker

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Three patterns of intestinal activity were noted in a review of 64 patients studied with Tc-99m sodium pertechnetate for suspected Meckel's diverticulum: no bowel activity seen (37.5%), bowel activity visualized after stomach activity (39.1%), and diffuse bowel activity seen simultaneously with stomach activity (23.4%). The latter pattern, which is relatively common, could mask a true Meckel's diverticulum and lead to either a false-negative or indeterminate diagnosis. A series of 10 dogs was also studied to evaluate the effects of fasting and feeding on the intestinal pattern. No definite relationship was observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-356
Number of pages4
JournalGastrointestinal Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984


  • Meckel's diverticulum
  • Radionuclide (Tc-99m), intestinal uptake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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