Liver and Spleen Scan


Liver and spleen scintigraphy, radionuclide liver scan, spleen scan.

To visualize and assess the liver and spleen related to tumors, inflammation, cysts, abscess, trauma, and portal hypertension.

Patient Preparation
There are no food, fluid, activity, or medication restrictions unless by medical direction. No other radionuclide tests should be scheduled within 24 to 48 hr before this procedure. Protocols may vary among facilities.

Normal Findings

  • Normal size, contour, position, and function of the liver and spleen.

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions

  • Visceral injury

Timely notification to the requesting health-care provider (HCP) of any critical findings and related symptoms is a role expectation of the professional nurse. A listing of these findings varies among facilities.

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