You can also call the appointment center to schedule, change or cancel an appointment or ask questions.
Hepatobiliary imaging evaluates the function of the liver, gall bladder and the ducts that connect them.
When you arrive for your appointment, you will receive an injection of a radioactive tracer into a vein in your arm. Pictures of your liver, gall bladder and ducts are then taken as you lay on your back. This will take about one hour.
Once those pictures are taken, the nuclear medicine physician may decide to give you another medicine, called CCK, which causes your gall bladder to empty. CCK may cause some slight abdominal discomfort or nausea, but it will pass in a few minutes. Watching your gall bladder empty will let your doctor know how well it is functioning. This portion of the exam will take an additional 30 minutes.
If it is necessary, you may be asked to return two to four hours later for additional imaging. Or, you may be given a small amount of morphine to help the tracer move into your gall bladder. You should plan on the test taking at least three to four hours.