The HIDA scan is helpful for diagnosing persistent and vague abdominal complaints of the upper abdomen. The HIDA scan is the liver and gallbladder test that shows whether the liver functions normally and makes bile that drains into the gall bladder normally; and then with either an injection in the arm of a gallbladder stimulant (cholecystokinin) or eating of a meal, the scan can measure whether the gallbladder contracts and empties normally or not. The intravenous injection method is more precise.
The HIDA scan produced by this type of medical imaging, called a cholescintigram, is also known by other names depending on which radiotracer is used, such as PIPIDA scan, DISIDA scan, or BrIDA scan. Cholescintigraphic scanning is a nuclear medicine procedure to evaluate the health and function of the gallbladder and biliary system. A radioactive tracer is injected through any accessible vein and then allowed to circulate to the liver, where it is excreted into the bile ducts and stored by the gallbladder until released into the duodenum.
A HIDA scan might help in the diagnosis of several diseases and conditions, such as:
American Board of Radiology-Diagnostic Radiology
American Board of Nuclear Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Radiology
Society of Interventional Radiology (1989)
Society of Skeletal Radiology.
Nuclear Medicine, Mt.Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach
Diagnostic Radiology, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami.
Internal Medicine, United States Public Health Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University, N. Chicago, Il.