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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. ...Read more

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Mrcp (Definition)

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (mrcp) uses a strong magnet to obtain images of the biliary and pancreatic ducts. It is an alternative to the more invasive endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) done with an endoscope. Mrcp can be used to visualize gallstones, bile duct narrowing and the structures surrounding the bile ducts. ...Read more


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HIDA showed 6%EF. Only have occasional nausea & discomfort in GB region. MRCP showed sludge and now taking Urso. Can EF% improve or GB removal needed?

HIDA showed 6%EF. Only have occasional nausea & discomfort in GB region. MRCP showed sludge and now taking Urso. Can EF% improve or GB removal needed?

GB sludge: Sludge in the gall bladder can cause continuing episodes of abdominal discomfort and digestive disturbances. Gall bladder removal can relieve these symptoms even in the absence of stones. I doubt that URSO will be able to accomplish this. ...Read more

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Hida Scan - delayed transit -10 mins (Pain, walked after 1 hr, then resumed scan);MRCP-Mild prominence of PD;US-Distal CBD 7.7mm.Sphincter of oddi???

Hida Scan - delayed transit -10 mins (Pain, walked after 1 hr, then resumed scan);MRCP-Mild prominence of PD;US-Distal CBD 7.7mm.Sphincter of oddi???

ACALCULOUS CHOLECYST: ACALCULOUS CHOLECYSTITIS or gallbladder inflammation without stones can be tough to treat. I recommends gluten free low fat diet. Gutbliss.com. Whole approach.com. If symptoms flare more than 2x a year surgery can be done laparoscopically. Follow up with GI and surgeon. ...Read more

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In diagosing pancreatitis, which is more useful, MRI or CT? And are regular abodominal MRI and CT different from MRCP or HIDA scan?

In diagosing pancreatitis, which is more useful, MRI or CT? And are regular abodominal MRI and CT different from MRCP or HIDA scan?

Each has its place: CT is the standard study for demonstrating pancreatitis but usually it can be diagnosed by blood test and clinical exam. CT is usually reserved for looking for complications. It's faster & cheaper than MRI or HIDA. MRI & HIDA are used to look for causes of pancreatitis, like obstructed ducts. Most cases of pancreatitis require only simple ultrasound to rule out obstruction, and no other studies. ...Read more

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5wks ago i passed out ruq pain under rib going into back. Have duodenitis. Ct mrcp norm amylase was 137 then 97 now 154 hida scan40% extraction? Help

5wks ago i passed out ruq pain under rib going into back. Have duodenitis. Ct mrcp norm amylase was 137 then 97 now 154 hida scan40% extraction? Help

GB function normal: 40% ejection fraction means your gall bladder is contracting normally. You may have passed out a stone from your gall bladder 5 weeks ago, hence, the severe pain and the variable amylase level. If mrcp is normal, it means nothing is left in the biliary tree for you to worry about. Best thing you can do now is to eat less fatty food until pain has completely abated. ...Read more

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To colin kopes-kerr: I have had mrcp, CT abd/pel (3) abd us, endoscopy, colonoscopy, hida scan, chest x-rays, ekg! norm but still have upper abd pain:(?

To colin kopes-kerr: I have had mrcp, CT abd/pel (3) abd us, endoscopy, colonoscopy, hida scan, chest x-rays, ekg! norm but still have upper abd pain:(?

Abdominal pain: Is the pain after eating? Has it responded to any medications? Are any of your blood tests abnormal? Liver function tests done? During the hida scan, did they calculate your gallbladder ejection fraction? Perhaps you ought to consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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4mos of upper rt quad acute spasms under rt breast, ribs , back, mrcp & sono w/ dilated 9cm bile duct , lab work neg/no stones. If hida scan neg ?

4mos of  upper rt quad acute spasms under rt breast, ribs , back, mrcp & sono w/ dilated  9cm  bile duct , lab work neg/no stones.  If hida scan  neg ?

Possibly dyskinesia: Sometimes spasm at sphincter of oddi where common bile duct enters duodenum can occur with pain in right upper quadrant.Do not have stone or fixed obstruction. This diagnosis can be made sometimes on hida scan by looking at common bile duct and its response to cck. This is hard diagnosis to make. In addults with ERCP perfom manometrics as gold standard. Botox treatmentor stent have helped some. ...Read more

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CT/MRCP shows inflammation of gallbladder,liver and spleen. Sev RUQ pain. 18yo. ANA positive,IgG low, no stones. Dr ordered hida scan. Ideas?

CT/MRCP shows inflammation of gallbladder,liver and spleen. Sev RUQ pain. 18yo. ANA positive,IgG low, no stones. Dr ordered hida scan. Ideas?

See rheumatologist: You appear to have an autoimmune and/or immune deficiency problem. I note that you are already on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (SLE?). If you are already under the care of a rheumatologist, consider getting an immune evaluation as well because of the low IgG (how low?). If the problem progresses, you need to go to an university center for further workup. ...Read more

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What is an mrcp?

What is an mrcp?

Type of MRI: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (mrcp) is a type of MRI not requiring contrast, used to look at the biliary system (including liver, gall bladder, pancreas). Examples of problems that can lead to mrcp being performed include cholangiocarcinoma, pancreatic cysts, and biliary tract stones. ...Read more

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What is the mrcp?

What is the mrcp?

MRCP: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography is a radiology exam that uses magnetic resonance imaging to visualize the biliary and pancreatic ducts, pancreas, and gallbladder. This procedure can be used to determine if stones are lodged in any of the ducts and to look for abnormal enlargement of the ducts. ...Read more

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Hida scan safe if you have pancreatitis?

Yes: Hida scan is a method to look at the ability of the liver to excrete a radioactive dye - a nuclear medicine study. It may tell if there is blockage of bile coming out of the liver or if the gallbladder is not working. Since it does not involve instrumentation of the pancreas, it does not worsen pancreatitis. It does have limitations, cannot be used if the bilirubin is elevated and not specific. ...Read more

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15% hida scan should I have gallbladder out?

15% hida scan should I have gallbladder out?

Depends: Depends if symptoms related to biliary colic. Other alternatives are diet avoiding fatty foods that can cause gall bladder attacks. 15% is low ejection fraction for gall bladder and usually means chronic gall bladder disease or dyskinesia. Should consult your physician for educated decision. ...Read more

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What is a normal % for a hida with cck scan?

What is a normal % for a hida with cck scan?

Ejection fraction : Recent concensus among many adult nuclear medicine specialists is greater than 38% gallbladder ejection following an hour of cck infusion. The big variable among these tests is duration of intravenous injection from a few minute bolus injection to sslow intravenous drip of an hour. ...Read more

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What are any side effects from the mrcp test?

What are any side effects from the mrcp test?

None: Mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is an MRI focused on the pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, and liver. It requires no intravenous contrast and has no radiation. ...Read more

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Will being hungover change results of hida scan?

Will being hungover change results of hida scan?

Why be hungover: Alcoholism may increase bile viscosity and result in abnormal hepatobiliary function.Should have HIDA test performed under optimal conditions. ...Read more

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Are there ways to get a false positive hida scan?

Yes: If you are fasting for more than 12 hours prior to scan, the gallbladder is full of bile, therefore the nuclear radiotracer cannot get inside the gallbladder. This will give the appearance of acute inflammation or cholecystitis. ...Read more

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Does 45% hida scan mean my gallbladder is getting sick?

No.: There are typically 2 ways to use the results of a hida scan. If the gallbladder doesn't appear, then that is consistent with disease (called cholecystitis). If the functioning of the gallbladder is poor with a ejection fraction less than 30%, it is called dyskinesia and may be a cause for problems. ...Read more

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What is HIDA scan for in context of diagnosing pancreatitis ?

Gallstone etiology: In the dyerentiation of gallstone from non- gallstone pancreatitis, hida scanning can be helpful by identifying gall bladder duct obstruction associated with pancreatitis and is sometimes better than liver function profile and clinical picture. ...Read more

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Hida scan resultsare 34% with no stones. What is my prognosis?

Ejection fraction: The 34% is the ejection fraction, the effectiveness of gallbladder contraction which is at around the lower end of normal. Talk to your doctor as I am sure this was done due to symptoms, and that is what your doctor is treating and may not necessarily be the numbers. ...Read more

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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