What is a HIDA Scan?
HIDA scan is an imaging procedure that helps your doctor track the production and flow of bile from your liver to your small intestine. Bile is a fluid produced by your liver that helps your digestive system break down fats in the foods you eat. A HIDA scan stands for hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan, creates a clear image of your liver, gallbladder, biliary tract and small intestine. A HIDA scan can also be called cholescintigraphy, hepatobiliary scintigraphy or hepatobiliary scan. Your doctor may order a HIDA scan to track the flow of bile from your liver to your small intestine, and also to evaluate your gallbladder. He/she may also use a HIDA scan as part of a test to measure the rate at which bile is released from your gallbladder (gallbladder ejection fraction).

 

Preparing for the scan:

  • You have to fast for 4 hours before the scan
  • During the procedure the patient will be asked to consume fatty meals to see the function of the gallbladder. Please speak to our technologist to understand the kind of meal you would be carrying from home.
  • If in doubt about pregnancy, women patients should do a pregnancy test. If positive, Nuclear Medicine is generally not recommended.
  • Lactating women should pump and store their breast milk before a Nuclear Medicine scan. It is safe to breastfeed the child 24 hours after the scan.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and avoid jewellery on the day of the scan

 

What to bring on the day of the scan:

  • Doctor’s prescription or note indicating the type of scan to be done
  • Entire current medical file and prescription set to be aware of  any medical conditions and allergies, including details of treatment history.
  • All relevant previous reports and scan images (LFT, USG, previous HIDA scan, MRCP, CT scan)
  • Only one accompanying person is recommended
  • Home-cooked food for the patient to eat after the scan

 

Time taken:

  • Total time: 4 -5 hrs approx

 

After the scan:

  • Patients can eat, drink and take medication.
  • Patient is required to wait in the clinic for approximately half an hour after the scan, till the concerned staff confirms. 
  • It is best for the patient to not be close to children or pregnant women for the rest of the day this is to avoid exposing them to any radiation. 
  • The radiotracer leaves the patient’s body through urine or stool approximately 10-12 hours after the scan. Patients should drink a lot of water to help flush it out.
For appointment call 8869906990 or write at contact@medcarediagnostics.com atleast 1-2 days prior to the required date of appointment 
(Depending on the type of scan and provided another scheduled patient has cancelled. we may consider taking in walk-in patients if So do check in with our reception and our billing executives at our centre) 

 

Important Note:

  • We may have to cancel and reschedule your appointments at times because of reasons beyond our control – short-supply or no supply of the isotope used for the scan, machine breakdowns, etc. 
  • As we have no control over this situation, Medcare Diagnostics would not be held liable for any harm or loss arising out of such cancellations