Liver and Spleen Scan
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- Reference Computed tomography (CT) scanning Opens New Window and Reference magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Opens New Window are often done now instead of a liver and spleen scan to check for problems with these organs. For more information, see the topic Reference CT Scan of the Body or Reference Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Body.
- If a liver and spleen scan show problems, more tests such as a liver Reference biopsy Opens New Window, an Reference ultrasound Opens New Window, or Reference X-rays Opens New Window may be done. For more information, see the topic Reference Liver Biopsy, Reference Abdominal Ultrasound, or Reference Abdominal X-Ray.
- Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a special scan method that may be used during a liver and spleen scan. After the radioactive tracer is injected, a special camera (called a scintillation camera) takes pictures from several views.
- Special types of scans to check the spleen or liver are done by collecting a blood sample from the person. These blood cells are "tagged" with a radioactive tracer. These tagged cells are then given back to the person. One type of scan can show if some part of the spleen is still in the body after surgery to remove the spleen (splenectomy). Another type of tagged red blood cell scan is used to find certain liver problems or areas of bleeding.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology