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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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Liver scan (LIH-ver 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 abnormal areas, and can be detected by the scanner.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.