Having a Nuclear Medicine Hepatobiliary (Gallbladder)/HIDA Scan
What is a Nuclear Medicine Hepatobiliary (Gallbladder)/HIDA Scan?
The Nuclear Medicine Hepatobiliary (Gallbladder) Scan, also called a cholescintigraphy or Hepatobiliary Imino-Diacetic Acid (HIDA) Scan is a nuclear medicine exam that uses a radioactive material called a tracer to make pictures of your body. The pictures are made as the scan picks up the energy that is given off by the tracer. This scan can tell your doctor how well your liver and gallbladder are working and is used to diagnose bile duct obstruction, bile leakage, gallbladder inflammation and gallstones.
How long does the HIDA Scan take?
The test can take from one to two hours to complete.
Where can I have the HIDA Scan done?
The test can be done at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) and at Miami Valley Hospital South.
When should I arrive for the HIDA Scan?
Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam to give our staff time to review your medical information.
What are the risks of having a HIDA Scan?
The radioactivity of the tracer is extremely low and has no side effects. Allergic reactions are very rare and are usually mild. Be sure to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your physician may tell you to not have the scan at this time. Learn more about the benefits versus the risks of having a Nuclear Medicine HIDA Scan .
How do I prepare for the HIDA Scan?
You must have nothing to eat or drink for four hours prior to the exam. You may be asked to refrain from taking certain medications.
What happens during a HIDA Scan?
The tracer will be injected into a vein in your arm or hand. Pictures of your abdomen will be taken with a special nuclear medicine camera. The medicine cholecystekinen (also called CCK or Kinevac) may be given to help see gallbladder function. You must lie very still while the pictures are being taken. This test may cause slight discomfort due to the contracting of your gallbladder. Our staff will do everything they can to help you relax.
What can I expect after the HIDA Scan?
Your doctor should receive the results of your scan in two to three business days.
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