(Hepatobiliary Iminodiacetic Acid Scan; Gallbladder Scan; Hepatobiliary Imaging; Biliary Tract Radionuclide Scan; Hepatobiliary Scintigraphy; Cholescintigraphy; HIDA [a technetium-99m disopropyl analogue] Scan)
Reasons for Test
- Find the cause of jaundice (yellow skin) or pain in the abdomen
- Diagnose suspected gallbladder disorders, like inflammation, perforation, stones , or other blockages
- Check bile flow after surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Make sure you let the doctor know what medications you are taking. Some medications may need to be stopped or adjusted before the test. Your doctor may also suggest starting a new medication.
- You will fast for 4-6 hours before the scan.
- You will be asked about your medical history. A physical exam will be done.
- Your doctor will review the purpose and description of the test.
- You will remove all jewelry and other metallic objects.
- You will change into a gown.
- You will be asked to use the bathroom before the test.
- You will be asked to sign an informed consent form.
Description of Test
- Most people can resume normal activity, diet, and medications after the test.
- Drinking additional fluids for two days will remove the tracer drug from your body. It is usually cleared within 6-24 hours.
- Always flush the toilet twice and wash your hands thoroughly for a few days following the test.
- Keep the injection site clean, dry, and protected. Look for signs of infection.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, a lot of bleeding, or any discharge from the injection site
- Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, other new symptoms, or allergic reactions
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation http://www.cdhf.ca
Gallbladder scan. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test%5Fprocedures/gastroenterology/gallbladder%5Fscan%5F92,P07694/. Accessed September 30, 2014.
HIDA scan. Memorial Health Care System website. Available at: http://www.memorial.org/assets/pdf/HIDA%5FScan-1.pdf. Published October 2006. Accessed September 30, 2014.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2014 -
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