What is a HIDA scan?

A hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) scan is a nuclear medicine test. Also known as a hepatobiliary scan, it uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera to assess gallbladder function and bile flow.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

Your physician may call for a HIDA scan to evaluate you for any of several conditions, including:

  • Bile duct obstruction or bile leakage
  • Cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation)
  • Gallstones

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