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In a technetium-labeled red blood cell bleeding scan, blood is taken
from you, and a small amount of radioactive material called technetium is added
to the blood. The blood with the technetium is then injected back into
Red blood cells with the technetium attached to them accumulate
at the location of active bleeding. A machine scans the body to find where the
technetium accumulates. This method of finding bleeding is sometimes
more effective than angiography. The technetium-labeled red blood cell
bleeding scan may find slow bleeding that can't be seen using
The technetium-labeled red blood cell bleeding scan is used:
July 19, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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