Imaging Center

Nuclear Medicine Hepatobiliary Scan (HIDA)

Purpose: A Nuclear Medicine HIDA Scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure used to evaluate the biliary system, which includes the gallbladder and bile ducts.

Preparation: No smoking for 24 hours and nothing to eat, drink or chew for 4 hours prior to your scheduled exam. Do not have any barium studies for 1 week before your HIDA scan. Prior to your exam, a Nuclear Medicine Technician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. If you think you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before your exam.

What to Expect: You will receive an injection of a radioactive isotope into a vein in your arm. Multiple images of your abdomen will be acquired as the isotope travels through your biliary system.

Post Exam Information: Your images will be reviewed by a Radiologist and the results of your exam will be forwarded to your physician. Your physician will be able to discuss the results of your exam with you.

Time Frame: 90 minutes

Contact for additional information: Rusk County Memorial Hospital Imaging Services Department at 715-532-5561 ext. 1244.