Why is this scan performed?

For Right Upper Abdominal Pain, Pain post Gastric Sleeve.
Acute or Chronic Cholecystitis, Gallstones

What preparation is involved?

Fast 6 hours prior NOT LONGER than 8 hours as this can affect the results.

How long does the test take?

1.5 hours.
It is suggested that you bring something of your own choosing to listen to with headphones.

What is involved?

A small injection of a radioactive tracer is administered into a vein in the arm. Images are then taken watching the gallbladder fill up for 60 minutes.
The second part involves drinking a dietary supplement (Vanilla or Chocolate flavour). Images are then taken to show how the gallbladder empties.

Are there any side effects from this test?

A minority of people experience some abdominal discomfort and this is important for diagnosis.

How much radiation is involved?

The radiation dose is less than a Chest X-ray.

Are there any precautions to follow?

As a result of the radioactive injection you will be giving off a small amount of radiation. For this reason it is advised you limit the time in close proximity to pregnant ladies and children for 16 hours following the procedure.

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