WHAT IS IT?
A HIDA scan is nuclear test to determine the function or your gallbladder.
I AM COMING IN FOR THIS TEST WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
A patient coming in for this test will need to lie on their back for 1 ½ - 2 hours. An IV will be started in the vein of your arm and a radioactive material will be injected to your IV. Immediately after the injection the pictures will start being taken. The first set of pictures is to watch the gallbladder fill up. This part usually takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour. After the gall bladder fills up a second injection will be made of a medicine that contracts the gallbladder and makes it empty. Pictures will be taken for 30 minutes to watch your gallbladder empty. With the second injection you may feel some nausea or cramping in you abdomen.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THIS TEST?
Do not eat or drink anything for 3 hours before this test.