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Liver / Spleen Scintigraphy

Indication:

  • Differential diagnosis of hepatomegaly and abdominal masses

  • Preoperative evaluation for liver metastases in patients with known malignancies.

  • Work-up of patients with diffuse liver disease such as cirrhosis or hepatitis.

  • Examination of patients with ascites of unknown origin.

  • Diagnosis of patients with suspected hepatic abscess.

  • Localization of hepatic lesions for needle biopsy of abscess for drainage.

  • Follow-up of patients with liver malignancies who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or partial resection and follow-up of the course of antibiotics or drainage therapy for hepatic abscess.

Patient Preparations:

  • Written request from the physician is needed. An appointment schedule is made personally or through the phone.

Pertinent Information:

  • Relevant history( hepatitis, malignancy, liver cirrhosis).

  • Result of physical exam ( jaundice, pedal edema, ascites)

  • Results of laboratory test ( liver function test) and other anatomic imaging studies ( ultrasound, radiographs, radionuclide studies).

When to Arrive:

  • You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This allows time for you to complete any necessary paper work, change your clothes for your scan and answer questions from our technologist about your medical history before we start your scan.

Clothing/Metallic Objects:

  • For all Nuclear Medicine procedures, you most likely will change into a hospital gown. Our changing area is private and there is a secure locker for your clothes. It is best, however, if you leave valuable items at home. If you are wearing anything metallic, such as jewelry, glasses, dentures etc. that might interfere with the Nuclear Scan.

Examination Time:

  • 20-30 minutes

Technique of Administration:

  • Intravenous injection

Patient Position:

  • Your technologist will then bring you into the Dual-Head Gamma Camera room where you will lie down supine position on the machine table. The technologist positions the part of your body to be scanned. The detector heads does not touch you, nor do you feel anything during imaging.

Points of Emphasis:

  • The radioisotope, although radioactive, is harmless and emits less radiation than the standard x-ray.

  • Hydrate patient with 3-4 glasses of water after the injection of isotope to increase circulation.

  • Notify doctor/ Technologists if pregnant