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Is a hida scan dangerous?

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Dr. Guido Davidzon
Nuclear Medicine 18 years experience
Not at all: Hida is a very safe study. There are no adverse effects from the radiotracer and you receive less than half the radiation dose you get from a typical ct scan. If they use Kinevac (cck) you may experience abdominal discomfort or nausea, although these effects are more pronounced following rapid infusion which most center don't use these days.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine 18 years experience
Benefits vs. Risk...: One does receive some radiation dose from a hida scan however usually the test is ordered for a specific reason and the benefits outweigh the risks. The use of cck which is used sometimes during hida could cause some abdominal cramping if used during scan.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Not generally: HIDA scan carries few risks. Risks may include: Allergic reaction to medications containing radioactive tracers used for the scan,bruising at the injection site or rash.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is a hida scan?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
HIDA scan: Is a nuclear medicine test that evaluates the gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver. Pictures are taken after a special dye is injected into a vein. The patient may be given a fatty meal.

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