- Red Blood Cell Liver Scan
Red Blood Cell Liver Scan
How to prepare for your test:
There are no special preparations for this test.
How long will the test take?
About 60 – 90 minutes.
What is the purpose of the test?
To look for hemangioma within the liver (a non-cancerous tumor consisting of dilated blood vessels).
How is the test performed?
You will come to the Medical Imaging Department for two injections. First you will receive a medication that will "sensitize" the red blood cells in your body – a complex chemical reaction that will permit your red blood cells to "accept" a radioisotope (attach the isotope to the cell membrane). The sensitization process will take about 30 minutes. Then the radioisotope will be injected into a vein.
With your red blood cells “tagged” by the radioisotope, you will then be placed under the scanner to detect the location and flow of these cells. You will be scanned for about 1 hour. You must lie as still as possible during the scan.
How to register:
Please arrive 10 – 15 minutes early to register (unless you are instructed differently). See the following schedule for guidance on where to register. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card and driver’s license each time you register.
Where to register:
Monday - Friday
Sunday - all day