HIDA (Biliary) Scan
WHAT IS A HIDA (BILIARY) SCAN?
A Nuclear Medicine HIDA (Biliary) Scan is used to assess how well your Gallbladder is filling and emptying.
This test can also be called a Biliary Scan, Gallbladder Scan, HIDA Scan or Hepatobiliary Scan.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HIDA (BILIARY) SCAN?
Part 1. When you arrive, you will be given a small injection of a radiotracer. The injection should not make you feel any different. You will then have 60 minutes of imaging. This shows if your Gallbladder is filling.
Part 2. Imaging staff will now ask you to drink a meal replacement shake. This is then followed by another 60minutes of imaging. This shows if you Gallbladder is emptying correctly.
HOW LONG DOES A HIDA (BILIARY) SCAN TAKE?
The test takes approximately 2-2.5 hours.
PREPARATION REQUIRED FOR A HIDA (BILIARY) SCAN?
- Please make staff aware if you think you maybe pregnant or if you are breast-feeding prior to making an appointment.
- Please fast for 4 hours prior to your scan.
- Please advise imaging staff prior to your appointment if you are taking opiate medication (Endone etc). This will need to be ceased 8hrs before your appointment.
- Please inform staff if you are allergic to meal replacement shakes or dairy products.
- Please bring previous scans which relate to your Gallbladder.
WHEN WILL MY DOCTOR RECEIVE MY RESULTS?
Your Referring Doctor will receive your results within 48hrs.