What is a hemangioma scan?

A hemangioma scan is for detection of suspected hepatic hemangiomas.

How should I prepare for a hemangioma scan?

There is no prep for this test.

How long does the test take?

When you arrive to the nuclear medicine department a technologist will take you to the imaging room and have you remove any metal from your abdomen area. During the first part of the exam an IV will be placed in a vein in your arm and 3-5mL blood will be collected. During the next 30 minutes the blood will be combined with the radioactive tracer in our lab. After your blood is prepared it will be injected back into your IV and the technologist will take images over your abdomen to include your liver. You will then be given a time to return to the nuclear medicine department 90 minutes later. At this time a series of SPECT/CT images will be taken that takes approximately 25 minutes.

How soon will the scan results be available?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via the internal computer system.

It is essential to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant before undergoing this scan because of radiation exposure.

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