liver scan


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(liv-er skan)

An image of the liver created on a computer screen or on film. A radioactive substance is injected into a blood vessel and travels through the bloodstream. It collects in the liver, especially in areas that are suspected to be abnormal. The scanner identifies these areas of concern.

A CT (CAT) scan can be used as a liver scan.

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Audio contributed by: Marisa Weiss, M.D.

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