Hemangioma Study

You have been scheduled for a hemangioma study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects. A hemangioma is an abnormal build up of blood vessels in the skin or internal organs.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
We begin by drawing blood from you. Approximately thirty minutes later you will be brought to a scan room where you will lie on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will be placed near your abdomen. Your radiolabelled blood will be given back to you and images will be acquired that will show where the blood is going in your liver. The images will take approximately forty five minutes. You will need to return two to three hours later for additional imaging. When you return we will take the same images. Additionally, you will be lying down on a table where a camera with two or three detectors will rotate around you and make three dimensional images of your liver. Claustrophobia is not usually a problem. This gives the doctor information similar to a CT or MRI.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.
Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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