Liver Hemangioma and SPECT Scan

* Inform your physician if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

You have been scheduled for a Liver Hemangioma and SPECT study which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material.  The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

You will be positioned on an imaging table, under a special detector called a gamma camera.  The camera does not produce any radiation.  It will be placed close to the part of your body being imaged.  You may also receive a CT scan as part of this test to aid the physicians in interpreting your scan.

Patient Preparation

None.

Procedure

An I.V. will be placed in your arm.  Through this IV, your blood will be drawn, tagged with a small amount of radioactive material, and then re-injected back into you.  2-6 hours later, painless images will be obtained for one hour.  Delayed images may be needed.  

Reviewed and Approved:
Kirk Frey, MD
Robert Ackermann
11/2011