What is a loopogram scan?
Are there any alternatives?
Various types of scan such as CT, ultrasound and x-rays can show the size and shape of your child’s digestive system, but not how it is working. The results of the scan are used to plan your child’s treatment.
When you receive your appointment letter
The day of the scan
After the scan
Are there any risks?
The contrast liquid will not interfere with any medicines your child is taking. It may however cause some constipation in the days that follow the test so your child should drink plenty of fluids. Your child’s faeces (poo) may appear white as the contrast is passing out of their body but this is quite normal. While x-rays use radiation, the amount in an individual set of pictures is low compared with the background radiation we get from the environment. Each x-ray is calculated so that the best picture can be taken using the minimum amount of radiation.
When you get home
Your child should drink plenty of fluids for the next couple of days to flush the contrast liquid out of their digestive system and prevent any constipation.
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.