Gastrointestinal scintigraphy is generally indicated when more anatomic based studies have not been able to diagnose a cause for the patient’s medical history, signs, and symptoms.

 

The clinical indications are broad and particularly include (but are not limited to):‚Äč

  • Quantification of the rate of emptying of liquid and/or solid meals from the stomach.
  • Demonstration of transit through the small and large intestine. 
  • Evaluation and quantification of transit through and reflux into the esophagus. 
  • Demonstration of salivary gland function and tumors. 
  • Detection of ectopic functioning gastric mucosa (Meckel’s Diverticulum). 
  • Verfication of suspected aspiration.