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Hida Scan

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) scan is a test to show how your liver and gallbladder are working. This test is also called cholescintigraphy.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have pain, redness, or swelling in the area where the tracer was injected.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Self-care:

  • Drink liquids as directed. You may need to drink extra liquids to flush the tracer out of your body. Ask your HP how much liquid to drink and which liquids are best for you.
  • Wash your hands well with soap and water after you use the bathroom. The tracer leaves your body within a few days through your urine or bowel movements. Your healthcare provider may tell you to flush the toilet 3 times after you go to the bathroom. This makes sure that none of the tracer is left in the toilet bowl.
  • Do not breastfeed for at least 48 hours or as directed. The tracer can leave your body through your breast milk.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to go over the results of your tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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