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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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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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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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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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Dr. John Landi
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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. Barbara Lavi
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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