Liver and Spleen Scan
How It Is Done
A liver and spleen scan is often done by a nuclear medicine technologist. The scan pictures are read by a Reference radiologist Opens New Window or Reference nuclear medicine specialist Opens New Window.
You will need to take off any jewelry. You may need to take off all or most of your clothes. You will be given a gown to wear during the test.
The technologist cleans the site on your arm where the radioactive tracer will be injected. A small amount of the radioactive tracer is then injected.
You will lie on your back on a table and a large scanning camera will be placed right above you. It may move slowly above and around your body, scanning for the tracer and recording pictures as the tracer moves into your liver and spleen. The camera does not give off any radiation, so you are not exposed to more radiation during the scan.
You may be asked to move into different positions so the tracer spreads through the liver and spleen. You need to lie very still during each scan so the pictures are clear. You may be asked to hold your breath briefly during some of the scans.
A liver and spleen scan takes about 1 hour.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology