G.I. Bleeding Study

You have been scheduled for a G.I. bleeding study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
You must be off pitressin for four hours prior to the test. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
We begin by drawing some blood from you. Approximately thirty minutes later you will be brought to a scan room where you will lie on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will be placed near your abdomen. Your radiolabelled blood will be injected into you and images will be acquired that will show where the blood is going in your body. The images will take approximately ninety minutes. Often times you will need to come back throughout the day for additional imaging. Occasionally we have patients return for images at twenty four hours.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

Back to top