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Dr. Joseph Accurso
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Hida Scan (Overview)

Patient is injected intravenously with isotope tagged to chemical hida that is extracted preferentially by liver cells mimicking bile. Some of this is stored in gall bladder and some enters small bowel from common bile duct. Cholecystokinin is a natural hormone slowly injected intravenously to stimulate gall bladder contraction. Normal function has at least 50% emptying of gall bladder.


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What is a hida scan?

What is a hida scan?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
306 doctors shared insights

Hida Scan (Overview)

Patient is injected intravenously with isotope tagged to chemical hida that is extracted preferentially by liver cells mimicking bile. Some of this is stored in gall bladder and some enters small bowel from common bile duct. Cholecystokinin is a natural hormone slowly injected intravenously to stimulate gall bladder contraction. Normal function has at least 50% emptying of gall bladder.


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Is a hida scan painful?

Is a hida scan painful?

Sometimes: Hida scans are usually ordered for 2 reasons: to see if the gallbladder is obstructed, or (when combined with cck) to check gallbladder function. Hida is painless but the cck injection may reproduce a gallbladder attack. This information is very useful since, if your pain is reproduced, it suggests that your pain is arising from the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Is a hida scan dangerous?

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. ...Read more

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Is hida scan of 94 % normal?

EF>35% normal: A gallbladder ejection fraction of greater than 35% is considered normal. ...Read more

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Why would I need a hida scan?

Why would I need a hida scan?

Cystic duct blockage: Hida scans are used to evaluate for a cystic duct blockage after imaging when ultrasound is unrevealing. ...Read more

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What happens during a hida scan?

See below: A radioactive tracer is injected into your veins. This is taken up by the liver and excreted in bile. It can then be followed using a camera to see that it empties into your intestine. If you have a gallbladder one can see if it functions properly too. ...Read more

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Is the hida scan a reliable test?

Is the hida scan a reliable test?

Yes.: If acute cholecystitis/gallstones are still suspected after ultrasound, a hida scan can be used to see if the cystic duct is obstructed. ...Read more

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What is observed during a hida scan?

What is observed during a hida scan?

One/ two phase exam: Hida scan is usually two part examination.First phase intravenous injection of isotope with technetium accumulating in liver, excreted like bile into bile ducts, accumulating in gall bladder, and excreted into bowel.Second phase slow intravenous injection of cck, hormone, causing gb contraction determing gb ejection fraction.Sometimes discomfort mimicing abdominal symptoms.Looking for gb disease, ...Read more

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Is hida scan a very common procedure?

HIDA scan is easy: Hida scan is a common test by nuclear medicine. Hida is injected into blood, then is taken up by your liver & excreted into the bile ducts. If your gallbladder functions (is not sick), it will "light up" when it concentrates the hida material. Giving cck then allows measurement of gallbladder emptying time, patency of the bile ducts, & how effectively the hida material enters your small bowel. ...Read more

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What does 8 % on Hida scan mean?

Ejection fraction: The ejection fraction is the portion of the gallbladder contents that are expressed from the gallbladder with contraction. Normally the gallbladder has an ejection fraction greater than 35%. An EF of 8% may indicate abnormal gallbladder function, and it needs to be considered along with the clinical situation to determine if a cholecystectomy should be performed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should i feel better after a hida scan ?

Not usually: Most people dont feel any better..Or worse after a hida scan. It is rare to have an adverse (or bad) reaction. It usually does not make one feel better, however if they used morphine during the study..It would be possible to feel the effects of that. ...Read more

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What should I expect during a hida scan?

HIDA scan: You'll change into a gown and will lay on the nuclear medicine scanner bed. A medication (radioactive tracer) is then injected into a vein in your arm (you may feel some pressure). The gamma camera passes back and forth over your belly and takes pictures for about an hour. Sometimes, more pictures may be needed. In most cases you can go about your day after your hida scan. ...Read more

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Hida scan fluctuating numbers, what's wrong?

Up or down: It is really depend if the numbers are going down mean your gallbladder function getting worst if is up and down the test is not reliable and depend on your symptoms if the fluctuation up and down but still below 30% your gallbladder could be the problem. ...Read more

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How can you specifically alter hida scan results?

How can you specifically alter hida scan results?

False positives: Variability in results depends on method of test, interpretative skills,patient symptoms. It is not perfect.If gb ejection fraction is low in patient with biliary colic , chronic gall bladder disease /biliary dyskinesia probable. With acute symptoms non visualization of gb means acute cholecystitis, surgical emergency.False positives prolonged fasting, tpn,alcoholism, recent narcotic, pancreatitis ...Read more

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What does normal low results mean on a hida scan?

Still normal range: Low normal means the results are still in the normal range, but tend to fall near the lower end of a normal curve. ...Read more

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Still having pain after hida scan is this normal?

Pain at the: injection site or abdominal pain? A standard HIDA scan should not induce abdominal pain. If you also received a CCK injection to check the gallbladder ejection fraction, however, it could cause temporary pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hida scan?

What is the definition or description of: hida scan?

Hepatobiliary study: Patient is injected intravenously with isotope tagged to chemical hida that is extracted preferentially by liver cells mimicking bile. Some of this is stored in gall bladder and some enters small bowel from common bile duct. Cholecystokinin is a natural hormone slowly injected intravenously to stimulate gall bladder contraction. Normal function has at least 50% emptying of gall bladder. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is expected during a hida scan?

Can you tell me what is expected during a hida scan?

HIDA: Hida scan involves IV injection of a tc tracer. The tracer doesn't cause any side effects. Physicians look to be sure that the gallbladder and bowel fill with tracer to rule out cystic duct (cholecystitis) or common bile duct obstruction. Hida is performed with or without cck. Cck is helpful for chronic conditions to determine a gallbladder ejection fraction. Cck may cause cramping or pain. ...Read more

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