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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.

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
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Hida Scan (Definition)

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% ...Read more


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Is hida scan accurate if you don't have symptoms/pain at the time of test?

Is hida scan accurate if you don't have symptoms/pain at the time of test?

Yes: A hida scan is used to evaluate for acute cholecystitis with an overall accuracy of 98% (pain or not)...Although it would be very unusual to have acute cholecystitis without pain. However, it can happen if someone has diabetes, is on steroids or other pain medications.

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In 2010 had hida scan results were 23%. In 2012 results were 50%. No pain during test but shortly after. Does gb get better or change from day to day.?

In 2010 had hida scan results were 23%. In 2012 results were 50%. No pain during test but shortly after. Does gb get better or change from day to day.?

Can get better: The gallbladder can get better on its own, I've seen people with low gallbladder ejection fractions consistent with chronic cholecystitis get better without surgery. There also is a day-to-day variation in that it responds to recent meals, recent medications. Also, it is possible that the technique in 2010 was different than the technique in 2012. Timing of cck admin can greatly affect results.

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What is a hida scan and an mrcp test?

What is a hida scan and an mrcp test?

Nuclear, MRI scans: Hida is a nuclear medicine scan which looks at the functioning of your biliary system and and mrcp is an mr study that shows the anatomy of your biliary system.

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Hida scan showed slow emptying and now dr wants blood tests why?

Liver functions: Your physician will need to make sure your liver and pancreas are working properly, specially if you are symptomatic.

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Can you drink 2 beers 2 days before a HIDA scan? The test is this Thursday

Yes: The alcohol should be out of your system in 2 days. Make sure you follow the directions give to your from your doctor or the imaging facility.

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Had a HIDA scan and had nausea during the first injection and pain during the second. Failed test?

HIDA Scan: Although the results of a HIDA scan are usually expressed as a percentage ejection fraction of the gallbladder, having pain or nausea during the injections is sometimes a clue to gallbladder disease. You should speak with the doctor who ordered the test for further clarification. Good luck.

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HIDA scan done 7 days after sex- home preg test was negative day of and 2 days after scan. But what if to early for test to be positive? Worried

HIDA scan done 7 days after sex- home preg test was negative day of and 2 days after scan. But what if to early for test to be positive? Worried

Can retest in 12days: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed.

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Had CCK HIDA scan today, diarreah and hour after test was done. Pain is worse since test. Any connection?

Had CCK HIDA scan today, diarreah and hour after test was done. Pain is worse since test. Any connection?

Maybe: The stimulation of your gallbladder at the time of the sacn should be over but it is possible you are still experiencing the effects of the test one hour after and IF YOU "PASSED" a STONE at the time of the exam pain may be worse now!! Soud like you should check in with the person who ordered the scan and convey these symptoms to them Hope this helps! @ Dr Z

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I have had a ctscan. Hida scan and stress test all normal but still pain in middle chest. Right side. Is ef 89 normal for hida scan?

I have had a ctscan. Hida scan and stress test all normal but still pain in middle chest. Right side. Is ef 89 normal for hida scan?

Hyperkinetic gb: Most physicians in nuclear medicine and gastroenterology believe that increased ejection fraction of gall bladder is probably normal (above 35%). A well known nuclear physician reported small group of patients with hyperkinetic gall bladder (above 80% ejection fraction) getting relief with removal of gb. More studies needed to convince most surgeons.

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Ultrasound & hida scan results are normal but classic gallbladder issue signs persist. Could there still be a problem w/ gb....Any tests left to try?

Ultrasound & hida scan results are normal but classic gallbladder issue signs persist. Could there still be a problem w/ gb....Any tests left to try?

Yes: HIDA scan does not detect all gall bladder disease. If symptoms are characteristic and typical of biliary colic, usually surgery is beneficial. No additional tests. GB diet to relieve symptoms may be beneficial. Should consult your physician.

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I have to have a HIDA scan with CCK and can't take my meds. Would weed affect the test? I don't smoke but I am afraid of the pain and nausea w/o meds.

Probably not, but…: The whole point of the test is to measure how well your gallbladder works when you are not on any medications or other substances. Because you don't know the effects of marihuana on your gallbladder, I would try to avoid this before the test so that you don't mess up the results of the HIDA scan. If you don't smoke marijuana now, this would not be a good time to start. Good luck.

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I had a Hida scan about three years ago. It showed my gallbladder was not working at all. The surgeon did not trust the test and felt it Wasn't my gallbladder. Can I have a gallbladder that doesn't work at all for over three years with only minor discomfo

I had a Hida scan about three years ago. It showed my gallbladder was not working at all. The surgeon did not trust the test and felt it Wasn't my gallbladder. Can I have a gallbladder that doesn't work at all for over three years with only minor discomfo

Yes: Hida scan has a high false positive rate, and is often unreliable. Therefore, it should be viewed in the context of other findings like ultrasound, liver tests and physical exam. And yes you could have a nonfunctional gallbladder for long period of time with minor symptoms and possible future infection with acute cholecystitis.

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During a hida scan, what does it mean if you have severe pain under ribs during the injection on the last part of test?

Gallbladder disease: If the pain is below the right rib cage and they injected cck or cholecystokinin, the pain is likely related to gallbladder dysfunction.

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I had a hida scan done result ejection fraction of 35% I am diabetic pain is worse since test and blood sugars are high is this normal?

I had a hida scan done result ejection fraction of 35% I am diabetic pain is worse since test and blood sugars are high is this normal?

Borderline result: 35% gb ejection fraction in most labs is borderline normal. Your physician has to consider gb ejection fraction along with symptoms of biliary colic for proper therapy. Ingestion of food prior to study does affect result. Being diabetic I do not know how many hours fasting prior to test. Usually 6-8 hours.

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Period started 12/1, had sex 12/10, - HIDA scan done 12/18 and preg test was negative morning of test and 2 days after. Should I worry?

HIDA scan/ pregnancy: Even if you are pregnant and it is not showing yet the dose of a HIDA scan should be relatively safe in pregnancy see http://obgyn. Med. Umich. Edu/sites/obgyn. Med. Umich. Edu/files/rad_in_preg. Pdf Would repeat blood HCG in 1 week

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I've had severe allergic reactions to nuclear stress tests in the past (rashes), and I am scheduled to have a Hida Scan. Should I cancel it?

I've had severe allergic reactions to nuclear stress tests in the past (rashes), and I am scheduled to have a Hida Scan. Should I cancel it?

No: The nuclear medicine doctor who will conduct the test will take a history first, and either use a different material or refers you to an allergist for an advice on wether you need a premedication before the study

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Daughter (teen) had hida scan and cried during cck section of test with pain. Does pain always mean gallbladder disease? (no results for few days)

Daughter (teen) had hida scan and cried during cck section of test with pain. Does pain always mean gallbladder disease? (no results for few days)

HIDA scan: Cck during a hida scan (used to test for gallbladder dysfunction) simulates the eating of a fatty meal. If you have pain or nausea (re-creation of symptoms) during this portion, that is a good indication of dysfunction. The other thing to check is the gbef (gallbladder ejection fraction). Any number under 35% is usually considered abnormal. If pain with cck, too - even better evidence.

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I went into hida scan while in pain. The test seemed to have aggravated my syptoms. The results however were normal. Do I need a gall bladder removal?

I went into hida scan while in pain. The test seemed to have aggravated my syptoms. The results however were normal. Do I need a gall bladder removal?

Maybe: The hida scan is not always abnormal with gall bladder disease. The fact that symptoms were mimicked by the test may mean gall bladder is an issue. Sometimes gb ejection fraction can be normal and there is a problem with the biliary duct at its entrance into the duodenum where is a muscle, called sphincter of oddi, sometimes spasm at this area can cause simiilar pain., called dyskinesia.

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