Liver Spleen Study

You have been scheduled for a liver spleen study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
Once in the scan room you will lie down on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will be placed near your abdomen. You will be intravenously injected with a radioactive tracer and the blood flow to your liver and spleen will be monitored. Then images of your liver and spleen are taken. This takes approximately forty five minutes. The doctor may request a three dimensional image of your liver and spleen. This scan gives the doctor more specific information about your liver and spleen. Once in the scan room you will be lying down next to a camera that has two or three detectors which will rotate around you and make three dimensional images of your liver and spleen. Claustrophobia is not usually a problem. This gives the doctor information similar to a CT or MRI.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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