HIDA Scan

A HIDA scan is an imaging test. It helps to diagnose problems of the gallbladder and liver. Bile is a fluid that is made in the liver. It is stored in the bile duct. This fluid helps your body digest certain foods. If there is a problem with the production or flow of bile, a HIDA scan may find the problem. Gallbladder, Liver, and StomachCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Call Your Doctor


    After the test, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, a lot of bleeding, or any discharge from the injection site
    • Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, other new symptoms, or allergic reactions

  • Definition

    A HIDA scan is an imaging test. It helps to diagnose problems of the gallbladder and liver.

    Bile is a fluid that is made in the liver. It is stored in the bile duct. This fluid helps your body digest certain foods. If there is a problem with the production or flow of bile, a HIDA scan may find the problem.

    Gallbladder, Liver, and Stomach

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test

    This test is done to:


    • Find the cause of
      jaundice
      (yellow skin) or pain in the abdomen

    • Diagnose suspected gallbladder disorders, like inflammation, perforation,
      stones
      , or other blockages
    • Check bile flow after surgery

    This test is not done on patients who are pregnant.

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare. Some may have an allergic reaction to tracers used in the scan. Talk to your doctor about any allergies you have.