A HIDA scan is an imaging test. It helps to diagnose problems of the gallbladder and liver.

Bile is a fluid that is made in the liver. It is stored in the bile duct. This fluid helps your body digest certain foods. If there is a problem with the production or flow of bile, a HIDA scan may find the problem.

Gallbladder, Liver, and Stomach
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This test is done to:

  • Find the cause of jaundice (yellow skin) or pain in the abdomen
  • Diagnose suspected gallbladder disorders, like inflammation, perforation, stones, or other blockages
  • Check bile flow after surgery

This test is not done on patients who are pregnant.