Liver and Spleen Scanning

This is a nuclear scan that is done to measure the size, shape, and position of the liver and spleen. The nuclear scan is done by injecting a special nuclear substance into the body intravenously (through the veins). A special x-ray machine is then used to outline and detect any structural (size or shape) changes of the liver and spleen. It is used to detect if there are any tumors, cysts, granulomas, abscesses, or filtrating problems that may be affecting the liver and spleen.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Normal size, shape, and position of the liver and spleen with no filling defects.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.