This is a special test that uses a radioactive tracer to diagnose problems in the gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver.
A HIDA scan is a special test that uses a radioactive tracer to diagnose problems in the gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver.
A HIDA scan may be recommended if you have symptoms of an acute gallbladder infection or blockage of a bile duct with gallstones. It can be used to follow up on abnormalities that were found during a regular x-ray or ultrasound.
Not everybody with symptoms of gallbladder disease needs a HIDA scan. It is useful when a healthcare professional strongly suspects gallbladder disease and earlier diagnostic tests do not reveal the source of the problem.
Prior to the procedure, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before the procedure. These may include:
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a HIDA scan?
After your HIDA scan, your healthcare provider should provide a description of any problems found during the procedure and what symptoms you should report. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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