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Is the hida scan a reliable test?

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Dr. Leila Wing
Internal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

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

In brief: Yes.

If acute cholecystitis/gallstones are still suspected after ultrasound, a hida scan can be used to see if the cystic duct is obstructed.
Dr. Leila Wing
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: It depends...

A hida scan is usually ordered to check for gb obstruction, which would be consistent with acute cholecystitis.
If the gb is visualized, acute cholecystitis is effectively "ruled-out"; however, nonvizualization of the gb may occur due to reasons other than acute inflammation. Likewise, cck-hida scans have a 25% "false-positive" rate and should not be relied on for surgical decisions alone.

In brief: It depends...

A hida scan is usually ordered to check for gb obstruction, which would be consistent with acute cholecystitis.
If the gb is visualized, acute cholecystitis is effectively "ruled-out"; however, nonvizualization of the gb may occur due to reasons other than acute inflammation. Likewise, cck-hida scans have a 25% "false-positive" rate and should not be relied on for surgical decisions alone.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Performed properly

A hida scan (with or without ejection fraction determination using kinevac, a cck hormone analog) is an accurate test for the following indications: determining biliary ductal obstruction bile leak acute versus chronic cholecystitis gallbladder dysfunction.

In brief: Performed properly

A hida scan (with or without ejection fraction determination using kinevac, a cck hormone analog) is an accurate test for the following indications: determining biliary ductal obstruction bile leak acute versus chronic cholecystitis gallbladder dysfunction.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: In right context

HIDA scans on their own usually can't diagnose a problem. Your doctor considers them along with your signs and symptoms, other test results, and other imaging to arrive at a diagnosis.

In brief: In right context

HIDA scans on their own usually can't diagnose a problem. Your doctor considers them along with your signs and symptoms, other test results, and other imaging to arrive at a diagnosis.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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