Liver R.B.C. Study


  • To confirm a suspected haemangioma seen on CT scan.


  • The patient's red blood cells are labelled with a radiotracer. Haemangiomata are identified as areas of marked RBC pooling.

Preparation and Procedure:

  • It is preferable the scan is not done within 4 days of a barium meal or CT contrast of the abdomen.

  • Images of the liver are acquired 2 ½ - 3 hours after injection.


  • Very small lesions (1cm) may not be detected with this technique.

  • SPECT/CT is valuable in providing anatomical localisation.

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