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Red Blood Cell Liver Scan

A Red Blood Cell Liver scan diagnoses and evaluates liver haemangioma's.

What will happen when you have your Red Blood Cell Liver Scan

This test is conducted in 2 parts:

  1. When you arrive in the Nuclear Medicine Department you will be given an injection and required to wait for approximately 20 minutes. After waiting you will be then asked to lie down on the scanning bed and a radioactive tracer will be injected into a vein in your arm and images subsequently obtained. The images take approximately 45 minutes. When the images are finished you will be asked to leave the department and return 3 hours later for more images. You can eat and drink as normal before and after this test.
  2. When you return to the Nuclear Medicine Department more images of your abdomen will be acquired. The second set of images will take approximately 45 minutes.

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

You will not be required to undress for the scan. The scan is performed with the Gamma Camera close to your body but you do not go through a “tunnel”

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • You will need an appointment for this test
  • Please inform booking staff if you are or think you could be pregnant or are breast feeding
  • You can eat and drink normally before the test
  • You can take your medications as normal
  • You will be in the department for approximately 1.5 hrs for the first part and then required to return 3 hours later for approximately 45 minutes of images
  • Please bring any previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment
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