Please report to Admitting 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time.
PREP: Nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours before the exam. No barium studies 2-3 days prior to the exam.
PURPOSE: A Hepatolite scan is done to study the gallbladder and bile ducts for signs of inflammation, obstruction, function, or leakage.
WHAT TO EXPECT:You will be given an injection of a radioactive isotope into a vein in your arm. This material will travel through the bloodstream to your liver. The camera will observe this material as it travels from your liver out into the gallbladder, bile ducts, and into the small intestine. You will need to lie very still during the entire test. If a function test is ordered, you will be required to drink a cup of half & half cream to stimulate the gallbladder. Feel free to bring an iPod or other listening device for relaxation.
TIME FRAME: 1-2 hours
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Minimal to no side effects from the radioactive isotope.
IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, INFORM THE TECHNOLOGIST BEFORE THE EXAM.