Examining the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts
Call (512) 453-6100 to schedule your exam.
The hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid or HIDA scan is used to detect problems of the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts. In a HIDA scan, a small amount of radiopharmaceutical is given to you through a vein in your arm. This radiopharmaceutical travels through your bloodstream, and is taken up by your liver. It is then secreted into the bile ducts, where it either passes into the intestine, or is stored by the gallbladder. The exam either ends at that point, or your provider may also order an assessment of gallbladder contraction, for which an additional compound is infused. A specialized scanner is used to record the progress of the radiopharmaceutical, and is used to assess gallbladder contraction.
To schedule a HIDA scan, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist who is trained to interpret Molecular Radiology examinations will analyze the images and send a report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The provider will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 15 days.
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