St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Liver/Spleen Scan

A Liver/Spleen scan is performed to diagnose disorders of the liver as well as problems in other parts of your digestive system.

What will happen when you have your Liver/Spleen Scan

  • A small intravenous injection of the ‘liver tracer’ will be injected into a vein in your arm and a scan of your liver is performed approximately 20 minutes later
  • The scan of your liver may take between 20-45 minutes

You must inform the Nuclear Medicine Physician or the Nuclear Medicine Technologist if you think you may be pregnant or are breast feeding.

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
  • Liver/Spleen scans require an appointment
  • Please inform booking staff if you are, or think you could be, pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • At the time of your examination, you may eat and drink normally
  • Please bring any previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment
  • You may drive your car following the examination and do not need to be accompanied home
  • You may be in the department for a period of between 45 and 90 minutes in total. As the scan is performed to look for different problems of the liver, the scan time for each patent will differ.
  • You should not feel sick following the examination
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