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
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
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Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009).
Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
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Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology