A liver scan is performed to determine liver size, configuration and position in the body and to detect pathology such as cirrhosis, tumors or abscesses.
How do I prepare for the exam?
No preparation is needed for this exam.
What can I expect during the exam?
A liver scan is conducted by a specially registered technologist in molecular imaging.
You will lie on your back on the exam table while the isotope is given through an IV. Multiple images will be taken of your abdomen for about an hour.
What can I expect after the exam?
Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your molecular imaging scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the molecular imaging department.
Your scan will be read by a radiologist specially trained in molecular imaging. A written report will be sent to your physician, who will contact you with results.