Gamma camera scintiphotography was employed to study 30 patients with alcoholic liver disease. Marked hepatomegaly was found in 40% and abnormally small livers in 27%. Splenic uptake was significant and demonstrable in 60% of the patients. Only 10% had palpable spleens. Bone marrow uptake and splenic uptake correlated well with the severity of the disease. A characteristic scan suggesting a "flying bat" was observed with advanced alcoholic liver disease.
Luthra MS, Scherl ND, Golden D, Collica CJ. Scintiphotography in Cirrhosis. Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(3):211-213. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300080019005