Liver and Spleen Scan
A liver and spleen scan is a
nuclear scan that is done to look at these organs for
disease. The results of a liver and spleen scan are ready in 2 days.
Liver and spleen scan
Normal amounts of the
radioactive tracer are found in the liver and spleen. No areas of large or
small amounts of tracer are seen.
The liver and spleen are normal
in size, shape, and location.
The tracer pattern in the
liver may show diseases.
The tracer pattern shows a
abscess, a collection of blood (hematoma), a lump made
up of blood vessels (hemangioma), or a tumor.
The tracer pattern in
the spleen may not be in the right place or may show spleen tissue that was
missed during surgery to remove the spleen (splenectomy).
or spleen may be enlarged because of a disease or may have an abnormal shape
because a tumor is pressing against the organ.
Certain types of
tumors may cause large amounts of tracer to collect in the liver or
Certain types of tumors may cause no tracer to collect in
the liver or spleen.
Some conditions cause more tracer to show up in the spleen than in the liver.
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Being pregnant. A liver and spleen scan is
usually not done during pregnancy because the radiation could damage the
developing baby (fetus).
- Using barium or
bismuth. If a liver and spleen scan is needed, it should be done before any
tests that use barium (such as a
- Not being able to lie still during
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 17, 2012
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