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I have a gallbladder sludge and tomorrow have to have a nuclear med test for gallbladder. Will sludge show up on test? Will results show normal ?

I have a gallbladder sludge and tomorrow have to have a nuclear med test for gallbladder. Will sludge show up on test? Will results show normal ?

No.: "sludge" is seen on ultrasound. The test you are having, a hida scan, watches the gall bladder empty. It's not as accurate as ultrasound for seeing fine details like sludge, but it sees if you have pain during the test, and the "ejection fraction" is low, it is abnormal, and usually surgery is recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Guido Davidzon
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Nuclear Scans (Definition)

From a cardiac perspective nuclear scans are performed with either exercise or medications to examine the blood flow in the heart. Before and at peak exercise the patient is given a radio tracer which travels in the blood to the heart. Pictures are take before and after exercise and compared to evaluate for any blockages in the ...Read more


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Nuclear test for gall bladder, can you tell me more info on this test?

Nuclear test for gall bladder, can you tell me more info on this test?

Hida can be abnormal: Hida test requires patient fasting for about 6 hrs before test and o pain medications, affecting gb emptying.Injected IV with isotopetc99m hida. Patient supine with camera above abdomen imaging for at least 30 min. Usually additional imaging in different projections up to 45 min - 60 min.If gall bladder well seen, injected with slow infusion of cck. Gb emptying evaluated. Sometimes nausea/pain. ...Read more

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Had a nuclear test for gall bladder and the reading was 33. What does that mean?

Had a nuclear test for gall bladder and the reading was 33. What does that mean?

HIDA scan with EF: After initial feeling with a radiotracer, your gallbladder contraction was stimulated and the percentage of radiolabeled bile ejected from the gallbladder was measured as "ejection fraction" or ef.This is a measure of gallbladder contractility and thus funcnution. Generally efs are greater than 50%, and < than 35% is considered abnormal. Yours is on the limit and clinical correlation is important. ...Read more

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Are nuclear scans accurate for diagnosing gallbladder troubles?

Are nuclear scans accurate for diagnosing gallbladder troubles?

Yes for acute: The accuracy of cholescintigraphy (nuclear scan) for diagnosis of acute calculous cholecystitis has been greater than 95%, and the accuracy for acute acalculous cholecystitis is only slightly less. A normal scan with gallbladder visualization almost always excludes a diagnosis of acute cholecystitis. ...Read more

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Had a nuclear heart stress test. Right after, dr. Did my hida scan on the gallbladder. Did not give more nuclear stuff. Will this affect hida results?

Had a nuclear heart stress test. Right after, dr. Did my hida scan on the gallbladder. Did not give more nuclear stuff. Will this affect hida results?

Unusual but okay: Nuclear cardiac stress test is a nuclear imaging method that shows how well blood flows into the heart muscle, both at rest and during activity. This uses a radiopharmaceutical, such as thallium or sestamibi. However, tc-99m sestamibi, has relatively high liver uptake and studies have utilized this for assessment of gallbladder contraction also. (j gastrointestin liver dis, 2007; 16:157). ...Read more

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What is adrenosine nuclear test preparation?

No caffeine 24 hrs: Among other things to withhold, caffeine is probably the most important as it negates the effect of adenosine, preventing any stress. Other common things are don't eat for at least 4 hours prior to the test, no chocolate, stop some medications. Call the testing office for their specific protocol. ...Read more

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Meckel's scan ordered for my 11 year old son. How safe is this nuclear test?

Meckel's scan ordered for my 11 year old son. How safe is this nuclear test?

Safe: In pediatric nuclear medicine the radiation dose is calculated per weight of child.Children receive lower doses than adults. Technetium is short iived isotope with 6 hr half life. If child is having anemia or blood in stools test is worth while in trying to define source of bleeding. ...Read more

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Is a antibody nuclear test 1:320 normal?

Is a antibody nuclear test 1:320 normal?

Depends why elevated: This depends on why you have an elevated ANA. It can be there for lots of reasons. Classically we use this to diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus but most people with a positive ANA do not have systemic lupus erythematosus. As a rheumatologist we are asked to see a lot of people with a positive ANA Most of the time we find some other cause. Yours is high but it may not be high for any bad reason ...Read more

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I was advised by my cardiologist to take lexi tallium nuclear test. How much this will cost?

I was advised by my cardiologist to take lexi tallium nuclear test. How much this will cost?

Varies: Different locations in the us charge different amounts for this study, for instance east vs. West coast. Differences in price can occur in same city, private office vs. Hospital. Also having medical insurance obviously reduces cost to patient. Most offices charge reduced rate for paying cash for the study. You can find places recommended by your doctor and price different offices/labs. ...Read more

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What is : AC anti nuclear test? And it gave me this result : fluorescence positive a 1/320 (finement granulaire) what does that mean ?

Autoantibody: This is an autoantibody and you need to say why it was ordered? By itself it may not mean much but in the context of clinical symptoms it can indicate autoimmune disease such as lupus. The pattern (finement) differs between autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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What food can I eat before taking a thyroid nuclear test?

What food can I eat before taking a thyroid nuclear test?

Low iodine diet: The test gives you radioactive iodine, so you don't want to eat a lot of normal iodine, which will dilute the isotope. Avoid seaweed (kelp), dairy, eggs, iodine in vitamins and high salt foods. If the test is for graves or a nodule, it will not matter much. This is more of a concern if the test is for thyroid cancer, or if you are about to receive a treatment dose of radioiodine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is a nuclear medicine test that studies your gall bladder?

Can you tell me what is a nuclear medicine test that studies your gall bladder?

HIDA Scan...: 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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Will the nuclear test for my thyroid make me sick?

Not usually: The material used in this test will not make you feel sick. However, you may have anxiety with injections, and can have symptoms from that. Discuss any anxiety issues with your Doctor and the nuclear technologist before the study. ...Read more

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What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

Cardiac imaging...: The myocardial perfusion scan is performed mostly to detect ischemia. It can also detect infarction (heart attack) as well as ejection fraction, wall motion abnormalities, and ventricular volumes. ...Read more

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What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

Cardiac stress test..: A myocardial perfusion scan is used to detect ischemia or infarction (heart attack) and also to evaluation cardiac function (ejection fraction) and ventricular volumes. If there is significant ischemia sometimes a stent can be placed to prevent infarction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the purpose of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

Can you tell me about the purpose of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

See blood flow: Myocardial perfusion studies show the pattern of blood flow (perfusion) to the tissue of the heart muscle. The radiotracer goes where the blood goes and this shows how well the tissue is nourished. It can be an indicator of blocked arteries when the perfusion pattern is abnormal. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the purpose of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

CAD: The purpose is to diagnose significant coronary artery disease (CAD). If the scan is positive for ischemic changes in the heart, then you will benefit from aggressive medical treatment, angiographic treatment, or surgery. If the scan is negative (and done properly), your risk for CAD or a significant injury such as a heart attack in the next few years is very low. ...Read more

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My stress test was abnormal dr said when i was in the middle of the test my blood pressure drop from 180 to 100 and don't know why nuclear test normal?

My stress test was abnormal dr said when i was in the middle of the test my blood pressure drop from 180 to 100 and don't  know why nuclear test normal?

Balanced ischemia!: When the nuclear test is "normal", it means there is no difference in the blood flow to all 3 coronary arteries, what we call "balanced ischemia". Please see my other answer, you need a cardiac catheterization asap! ...Read more

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Been having pain in left bicep and down to forearm on and off for a long while. I've had cardiograms, nuclear test, EKG, all done no problems?

Been having pain in left bicep and down to forearm on and off for a long while. I've had cardiograms, nuclear test, EKG, all done no problems?

Meaning: These results indicate that your pain in the left arm is not related to a cardiac problem. Your Doctor should now look for other etiologies of arm pain, including but not limited to: muscle or tendon injury, joint disease, and neurological disease. ...Read more

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I have my left foot swollen for about 6 months no apparently reason. X-ray, nuclear test, doppler and finally MRI doesn't show anything. Need help!

I have my left foot swollen for about 6 months no apparently reason. X-ray, nuclear test, doppler and finally MRI doesn't show anything.  Need help!

Unilateral foot : Swelling? I assume it is not painful. It could be lymphedema, caused by anything that interrupts lymph drainage from the foot. If you are diabetic, you could have decreased sensation in the foot and traumatize it repeatedly without knowing, condition called charcot's foot. But not likely with normal mri, which is a very accurate imaging test. I am stumped, sorry. ...Read more

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Had echocardiogram, nuclear stress test w cardiolite, EKG and 30 day holter. Does the echo and nuclear test rule out CAD or any potential blockages?

Had echocardiogram, nuclear stress test w cardiolite, EKG and 30 day holter. Does the echo and nuclear test rule out CAD or any potential blockages?

Tests: in your age group the tests you had suggest that you presently have no significant problems with coronary blood flow. You won't get a guarantee for the future but good diet, exercise along with no smoking and medical follow up will be prudent. ...Read more

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Is nuclear stress test or Cardiac CTA better for ruling out clogged arteries? My nuclear test was clear but they couldnt do CTA due to heart rate.

Is nuclear stress test or Cardiac CTA better for ruling out clogged arteries? My nuclear test was clear but they couldnt do CTA due to heart rate.

Nuclear stress test: The nuclear stress test is better because (1) it is a functional test - your heart is actually "stressed" to beat harder, & (2) you can do it at any heart rate (as you've seen). The cardiac CTA only tells you anatomy - whether or not there is calcium in the arteries - not how your heart functions. Not all plaques contain calcium, either, so cardiac CTA has false negatives also. Talk to your doctor ...Read more

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Abnormal treadmill test results. Going for nuclear test 17th. Extreme Nausea for 4 days no vomitting. Tingling left hand. Heart problem?

Abnormal treadmill test results. Going for nuclear test 17th. Extreme Nausea for 4 days no vomitting. Tingling left hand. Heart problem?

Cardiac diagnosis: You should contact your cardiologist to discuss your symptons and make sure they are not of cardiac origin ...Read more

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What does my second opinion say after i've had all the tests run on my gallbladder?

What does my second opinion say after i've had all the tests run on my gallbladder?

Depends: Depends entirely on the test results. If all normal, maybe nothing to do. If gallstones and symptoms from then may need a surgical referral. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


Dr. Al Hegab
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more