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Nuclear Medicine Hida Hepatobiliary Ductal System

A hepatobiliary (HIDA) scan is an imaging procedure done to diagnose problems of the gallbladder, liver and bile ducts using a GE Entegra Nuclear Medicine gamma camera. The patient is instructed not to eat 12 hours prior to the exam. The patient is injected with 6 mci Tc99 choletec nuclear agent and the scanning of the gallbladder begins immediately and last for an hour. In some cases, if the gallbladder does not empty, the doctor may give a second medication called kinevac/CCK to stimulate the gallbladder to empty. An additional 30 minutes of scanning is then required.

 

What to expect during the procedure:

  • Patient’s will be asked to lie still on a table while a gamma camera positioned over the abdomen obtains the necessary images