The uterine blush. A potential false-positive in Meckel's scan interpretation

Clin Nucl Med. 1982 Oct;7(10):444-6.


To determine the presence, prevalence, and clinical importance of Tc-99 pertechnetate uterine uptake, this retrospective analysis of 71 Meckel's scans was undertaken. Specifically, each study was evaluated for the presence of a focal accumulation of radiotracer cephalad to the bladder. Patients received an intravenous dose of 150 microCi/kg of Tc-99 pertechnetate. Each study consisted of 15 one minute anterior serial gamma camera images, and a 15, 30, and 60 minute anterior, right lateral and posterior scintiscan. Menstrual histories were obtained from all patients except two. No males (33/33), nor premenstrual (13/13), menopausal (4/4) or posthysterectomy (2/2) patients revealed a uterine blush. Eleven of 15 patients (73%) with regular menses demonstrated a uterine blush. They were in the menstrual or secretory phases of their cycle. Four demonstrated no uterine uptake, had regular periods, but were in the proliferative phase of their cycle. Two with irregular periods, and one with no recorded menstrual history, manifested the blush. Radiotracer should be expected in the uterus during the menstrual and secretory phases of the menstrual cycle. It is a manifestation of a normal physiologic phenomenon, and must be recognized to prevent false-positive Meckel's scan interpretations.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Meckel Diverticulum / diagnostic imaging*
  • Medical History Taking
  • Menstruation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m
  • Technetium*
  • Uterus / diagnostic imaging*


  • Technetium
  • Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m