A detailed information about HIDA scan

If you are facing digestion issues then it is assumed by the doctors that your liver is not functioning properly. There can be issues with the gall bladder as well that stores the bile juice secreted by the liver and helps in breakdown of the fats. To diagnose these issues, the doctor recommends an HIDA scan.


In the Hepatobiliary scan, a radioactive drug is swallowed, injected or inhaled by the patient. The drug is selected as per the area that needs to be scanned. This drug gets into the blood stream and travels from liver to gall bladder to small intestine. A gamma camera is used to track the movement of the drug and take pictures which are shown on the screen so that the radiologist can interpret the condition.

The drug that is injected into the body is safe and has no side effects. If you are feeling any side effect then you should immediately consult your doctor. It takes 2-3 days for the drug to completely get flushed out from the system.

Conditions when you are suggested Hepatobiliary scan

The main aim of the scan is to make sure that the bile is moving in the right path in your body. Some conditions that are diagnosed by this scan include:

  • Gallstones
  • Blockage of bile duct
  • Cholecystitis
  • bile leakage

Before the scan

In order to be ready for the scan, the doctor will suggest you to follow certain things. They will stop you from taking certain medications that may hinder with the results and will prescribe you some medications that will help to get a clear view and images of the organs. You will have to stop eating 4 hours prior to your test for better results. It is suggested to drink liquids for better results.

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