What is a Hepatobiliary Scan?

A hepatobiliary scan is used to look at your gallbladder and biliary tract. (please advise us if you have had your gallbladder removed as our scanning protocol will be different).

How do I prepare for a Hepatobiliary Scan?

If you are taking any medications, please advise our reception staff when making your appointment as some pain medication might need to be ceased. Fasting is from midnight.

What happens during a Hepatobiliary Scan?

During this scan you will be given an injection of a radioactive tracer, you will be asked to lay down on our scan bed and we will be taking pictures of your abdomen for 1 hour. The second part involves a drink (meal replacement shake) and we will take some more pictures for another hour.

Are there any side effects of a Hepatobiliary Scan?

Usually none. You may experience minor abdominal discomfort with the meal replacement shake.

How long does a Hepatobiliary Scan take?

2 hours

When can I expect the results of my Hepatobiliary Scan?

Results are usually ready the next day.

Will there be a fee involved?

No, all our scans are bulk billed.

Please contact us with any questions you have.

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