Gallbladder Nuclear Scanning

This is a test in which a radioactive substance is injected into the blood. The material injected is not harmful to you. This material then concentrates in the bile. Within approximately 1 hour, your gallbladder and the ducts leading to and from it and into the first part of the small bowel, can be visualized by an x-ray scan.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Gallbladder, common bile duct, and duodenum can be visualized within 60 minutes after radionuclide injection. (This confirms the cystic and common bile ducts which lead from the liver and gallbladder are open and allowing bile to pass.)

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.