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Liver scan

Liver scan


After a radioisotope has been injected into a vein, a series of pictures are taken of the liver by a scanner. The liver scan is probably the best way to study the liver without surgery. It is particularly valuable because it can provide information about liver function. It is also used to help confirm other test results.

Review Date 1/13/2013

Updated by: Jason Levy, MD, Northside Radiology Associates, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.