Diagnostic Imaging

What is a liver and spleen scan?

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    A liver and spleen scan is a nuclear scan that is done to look at these organs for disease.

    During a liver and spleen scan, a radioactive tracer substance is put into a vein (IV) in the arm. It moves through the blood to the liver and spleen. Areas of the liver and spleen where the tracer collects in large amounts show up as bright spots in the pictures. Areas where the tracer collects in low amounts or does not show up are seen as dark spots. The pattern in which the tracer spreads through the liver and spleen can help find cysts, abscesses, certain types of tumors or problems with liver function.

    Scans of the liver and the spleen are done at the same time.

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