Comparison of technetium-99m sulfur colloid and in vitro labeled technetium-99m RBCs in the detection of gastrointestinal bleeding

Clin Nucl Med. 1985 Aug;10(8):546-9. doi: 10.1097/00003072-198508000-00003.


Twenty-seven paired Tc-99m sulfur colloid (SC) and Tc-99m RBC studies were evaluated for the detection of GI bleeding. The only two positive Tc-99m SC studies had positive early Tc-99m RBC studies as well. There were 15 other positive Tc-99m RBC studies (three during the first hour) and these were associated with normal Tc-99m SC scans. Approximately 70% of the positive Tc-99m RBC studies occurred after 1 hour. Tc-99m RBCs should be the initial test in patients with GI bleeding.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Erythrocytes*
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Technetium Tc 99m Sulfur Colloid*
  • Technetium*


  • Technetium Tc 99m Sulfur Colloid
  • Technetium