The liver-spleen scan is a safe, non-invasive way to evaluate the shape, size, and position or your liver and spleen, and a good screening method for detecting liver disease. There are no dietary restrictions either before or after the liver-spleen scan. However, you should have had no previous barium gastrointestinal study in the past week. The examination does require an injection through a vein in your arm. This injection consists of a very small amount of radioactive material. The radioactivity associated with this test is negligible and you will feel no ill effects from it.
Approximate exam time 1 hour.
To outline our requirements, you will:
- After registration report to Medical Imaging and check in with our receptionist.
- You will then be escorted to Nuclear Medicine and a short history will be taken.
- You will then receive an injection through a vein in the arm.
- Your imaging will begin after a delay period of about 10 minutes in order for the radiopharmaceutical to be absorbed by the liver.
- Imaging will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes.
- The scan will consist of several views of your liver taken with you lying down.
- Once the imaging is complete you may leave.
- The Radiologist will read the images and the report will be sent to the ordering physician
Note: Inpatients will transported to Nuclear Medicine.