A liver and spleen scan is a nuclear scanning test. It uses a special camera to take pictures of these organs after a radioactive tracer is put into a vein in your arm. The tracer moves through your blood to your liver and spleen. Areas where the tracer collects in large amounts show up as bright spots in the pictures. Areas where it collects in low amounts or does not show up are seen as blank spots. The pattern in which the tracer spreads through the liver and spleen can help find problems in these organs.
Scans of the liver and the spleen are done at the same time.
A liver and spleen scan is done to:
Before your liver and spleen scan, tell your doctor if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Myo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine
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