A GI Bleed Scan is performed to visualize or rule out bleeding of the organs of the GI system, such as the stomach, small bowel, or colon.
How do I prepare for the exam?
No preparation is needed for this exam.
What can I expect during the exam?
This exam is conducted by a specially registered technologist in molecular imaging.
The molecular imaging technologist will draw some blood through your IV. This blood will be used to prepare some red blood cells and the radioactive isotope that will be used to visualize the bleed.
Thirty minutes later, the blood and isotope will be injected. You will lie on the exam table for about one hour.
Depending on the images, delayed images may be desired by the radiologist.
The exam should take about two hours, more if delayed images are required.
What can I expect after the exam?
Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your molecular imaging scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the molecular imaging department.
Your scan will be read by a radiologist specially trained in molecular imaging. A written report will be sent to your physician, who will contact you with results.