What is a nuclear medicine liver scan?

A liver scan is used to detect diseases such as cancer, hepatitis and cirrhosis, and to identify tumors, abscesses, cysts, hematomas and enlargement of or trauma to the liver and the adjacent spleen. It may be performed repeatedly to gauge the progress of a present disease and/or the effectiveness of any treatment.

This specialized procedure introduces a tiny amount of radioactive material into the cells of the liver, spleen and bone marrow, emitting gamma radiation. Healthy cells absorb this material differently than do diseased or traumatized cells, making them easy to differentiate. The gamma radiation is detected by a scanner, which then creates a highly detailed picture of the liver and spleen, enabling your radiologist to diagnose problems and assist your doctor in appropriate treatment.

Because the amount of radioactive material used is small and remains active for only a few hours, it is considered safe for most patients. The material is usually eliminated by the body within 24 hours. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. People with concerns about exposure to radiation should consult with their RAO radiologist or regular MD.

Where are nuclear medicine liver scans offered?

Radiology Associates of Ocala offers nuclear medicine liver scans at the Medical Imaging Center at Windsor Oaks.

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