What you should know about the HIDA scan

A HIDA scan, also called cholescintigraphy or hepatobiliary scintigraphy, is an imaging test used to view the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and small intestine.

The scan involves injecting a radioactive tracer into a person’s vein. The tracer travels through the bloodstream into the body parts listed above. A special camera takes pictures to track the tracer’s movement and transmit images onto a computer screen for observation and diagnosis. This article discusses HIDA scanning and outlines what a person can expect before, during, and They are done to get images of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and small intestine. To prepare for a HIDA scan, a person may need to fast for 4 to 12 hours before the scan. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should tell their doctor.

 

 

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