What Is a HIDA Scan?
A gallbladder scan, also known as a HIDA scan (hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan), is a type of imaging exam. This is performed to examine the gallbladder, liver, bile ducts, and small intestine.
The gallbladder is a small organ in the belly that stores a fluid that the liver makes to break down fats and help with digestion. This fluid is commonly known as bile. Doctors use the HIDA scan to ensure that the bile is moving through the body in a normal way.
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|1||What Is a HIDA Scan with CKK?|
|2||What Is the Purpose of a HIDA Scan?|
|3||How to Book a HIDA Scan?|
|4||How Long Does a HIDA Scan Take?|
|5||Is Radiation Involved in a HIDA Scan?|
|6||When Will I Receive My Results?|
|7||How Do I Prepare? Do I Need to Fast?|
What Is a HIDA Scan with CKK?
Sometimes, doctors will order a HIDA scan with cholecystokinin (CCK), which is a hormone that causes the gallbladder to release bile. In this case, patients are given more medications before or during the scan.
What Is the Purpose of a HIDA Scan?
Your doctor may recommend a HIDA scan to evaluate your gallbladder, bile ducts, look at the bile-excreting function of your liver, and also to track the flow of bile from your liver to your small intestine.
The HIDA scan helps your doctor in diagnosing several diseases and conditions, such as:
- Blocked bile ducts
- Inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis)
- Bile leakage
- Congenital bile ducts defects.
In case you’ve had a liver transplant, your doctor will use this scan to ensure that your new liver is working properly. Your doctor may also recommend a Liver Function Test (Liver Enzymes) to ensure there are no problems in your new liver. Your doctor may even use a Gallbladder Ultrasound and X-ray with the HIDA scan to confirm a diagnosis.
How Is a HIDA Scan Performed?
- Before starting the HIDA scan, a technologist will ask you to lie down on an imaging table and will give a special radioactive chemical through a vein in your arm.
- The technologist will then place a special camera on your belly. As the chemical traces the path the bile takes in your body, the camera will take the images.
- Make sure you don’t move during the scan as any movement can blur the images.
The technologist may also give you other medicines, such as morphine, during the exam to get better images of your gallbladder. In case morphine is given, you may feel very sleepy for a few hours.
How Long Does a HIDA Scan Take?
A HIDA scan typically takes about 1 hour to complete, when the doctor sees the radioactive tracer entering your small intestine. But, if your doctor is not able to see the radioactive tracer in your small intestine, you may receive a medication. You will then undergo more scans later in the day, which can make the scan last up to 4 hours.
Is Radiation Involved in a HIDA Scan?
Yes. A HIDA scan is an imaging test, which involves a small amount of radiation to show images of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.
When Will I Receive My Results?
Once the CKK-HIDA scan is completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How Do I Prepare? Do I Need to Fast?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines given below or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
- Book and manage your personal health records
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