Biliary Scan is a means of assessing the functioning of the gallbladder and biliary tract. This procedure requires you to fast for 6 hours prior to your appointment time.
Billary scan, after 5 minutes.
Billary scan, after 20 minutes
2: Gall bladder, 3: Small bowel.
When you arrive, we will need to put a cannula in your arm, and this cannula
is used for all the injections for the procedure. The scan begins with a small
injection of radioactive tracer, and we take pictures continuously for 60 minutes.
If the gallbladder is not seen by the end of 60 minutes, we may need to wait
some time before taking further pictures. In some cases, we shall give you
a medication (CCK) to help us visualise the gallbladder or to assess its contraction.
There are usually no side effects from the radioactive tracer injection.
Some patients may experience abdominal pain and mild nausea with the medication
(CCK) we give you for the extra pictures.
Please advise the Nuclear Medicine Technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or unsure of your pregnancy status before commencing the procedure.
Please do not eat for 6 hours before arriving. Drinking plain water is allowed.
What to bring
Please bring your referral from your GP or specialist, Medicare Card, and ultrasound images or any other relevant scans.
You should wear comfortable clothing. We may ask you to remove metallic objects.