GI Bleed Scan

What is a GI bleed scan?

A gastrointestinal (GI) bleed scan is a nuclear medicine test. It uses a small amount of radioactive material (a radionuclide) and a special camera to help locate active GI bleeding. Learn more about gastroesophageal reflux scan.

Where is the nuclear medicine department located?

We are located in the inpatient radiology department of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

Where should I park?

Park in the main lot in front of the hospital. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the main entrance. Admissions is to the left as you enter the lobby. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • There are no special dietary restrictions or other preparations for a GI bleed scan.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • Please allow at least 2-3 hours for this appointment.
  • A technologist will place an IV in your arm and collect 3-5 mL of blood.
  • The blood will be combined with a radioactive tracer in our lab; this process takes about 30 minutes.
  • The blood/tracer will be injected back into your IV, and the technologist will take images of your abdomen. This imaging process takes about 2 hours.
  • It is possible that additional imaging will be necessary.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Whom do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between X:XX a.m. and X:XX p.m.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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