There is no special preparation for this exam. You may eat, drink, and take any medications needed to prior to your exam. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled procedure.
What to Expect:
Upon arrival to Radiology Reception, you are greeted and escorted to the Nuclear Medicine suite by one of our team members. There your Technologist will explain the procedure, discuss symptoms (if any) along with medical history and start an IV in vein in the arm (or hand). A small amount radiopharmaceutical is injected through the IV. The injection has no side affects and you will have no sensation at all. There is a 15 minute waiting time before your scan begins.
The scan will take approximately 45 minutes. You will lie on our imaging table with the camera is positioned above the liver and spleen in varying projections/angles and will begin imaging. For maximum comfort, a pillow will be placed under your head and knees and you will be covered a warm blanket. Feel free to bring along your favorite DVD movie or music CD to use during your procedure, or you may choose of our selection.
Once the images are acquired, the Technologist will evaluate the images for quality, remove your IV, address any issues or concerns that you may have and escort you back to the reception area. The images are read by a Radiologist (doctor) and the results are dictated, transcribed and sent to the ordering physician within 3 business days. The ordering physician will provide results to you.
Be sure to follow the discharge instructions provided by your technonogist.
Common reasons for performing a Liver/Spleen Scan include (but are not limited to):
- Assessment of anatomy, size, and relative position of the liver and spleen
- Assessment of hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, splenic artifacts, or situs inversus
- Assessment of benign mesenchymal focal lesions and heptatocellular focal nodular hyperplasia
- Assessment of chronic liver or spleen disease including primary liver tumors, metastasis, jaundice, cirrhosis, hepatocellular disease, hepatitis, hepatic abscess, or elevated laboratory results from blood work