Gallbladder (HIDA) Scan

Where do I register?

You may call 706.774.2125 to pre-register if you prefer. Please report to Central Registration in The Outpatient Center at your scheduled check-in time.

Where do I park?

Please park in the Outpatient Parking Lot off the main circle to the front entrance of the hospital. Inform the attendant at the gate when you enter the Outpatient Parking Lot if you need shuttle service. If you need wheelchair assistance, please park in the main hospital parking deck. 

What is the test?

A HIDA scan is a nuclear medicine test done to detect infections or other abnormalities of the gallbladder or bile ducts, or to evaluate unexplained abdominal pain. A special machine called a nuclear scanner will take pictures of the gallbladder and bile ducts following the injection of a radioactive material that will make areas of infection or obstruction more visible.

The nurse or nuclear technologist will insert an IV in your hand or lower arm to inject the radioactive substance. The radioactive substance will remain in the body temporarily until it is passed through urine or stool. There is no danger to you or anyone else during this time. A series of images will be taken after the injection of the radioactive substance. The test is usually completed within one to two hours.

Test preparation

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your scan. Your physician will inform you of which of your home medications you should take prior to the test. If you are diabetic, please consult your physician about taking insulin or other medications to control your blood sugar.

Special Considerations
Before the test, please tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have had an X-ray using barium or other contrast material within the last four days. Barium may interfere with test results.

For additional information or if you are unable to keep your appointment, please call 706.774.3183.

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