Biliary Scan

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PRP Bathurst ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 6331 3200

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PRP Castle Hill ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 9634 4444

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PRP Cumberland ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 9896 3222

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PRP Dee Why ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 9981 3000

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PRP Dubbo ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 6882 4888

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PRP Eastwood ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 9858 1500

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PRP Frenchs Forest ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 9451 1062

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PRP Gosford North ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 4324 0006

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PRP Hornsby ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 9482 1211

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PRP Norwest ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 8882 8822

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PRP Orange ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 6376 9000

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PRP Shellharbour ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 4297 3332

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PRP Toukley ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 4397 1791

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PRP Tuggerah ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 4355 4790

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PRP Wollongong ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 4226 9711

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PRP Woy Woy ALL REFERRALS ACCEPTED

T: 4341 3500

  • Biliary Scans Explained

    Also known as: HIDA scan, Hepatobiliary scan, Gallbladder scan.

    A Biliary scan is performed to assess the ability of the gallbladder to fill and empty as well as the function of the biliary tree.

  • Please advise us beforehand

    Please make staff aware if you are (or think you could be) pregnant, breast-feeding, claustrophobic and/or if you are the primary/sole carer for small children when you book your appointment.

    Bring any previous Nuclear Medicine scans or any other scans relating to the area of interest.

  • Preparation

    You must fast for at least 8 hours prior to your scan and not longer than 10 hours.

    You may eat normally until your fasting time begins.

    Opiate medication (e.g. Endone) must be ceased more than 8 hours prior to the test.

  • What happens during the procedure

    Part 1: You will be positioned under the Gamma Camera and given a small injection of a radioactive tracer. This injection shouldn’t make you feel any different and allows images to be taken of the biliary system. Images are commenced at the time of injection and are taken continuously for approximately one hour.

    Part 2: Depending on the function of the gallbladder and the purpose of the scan, you may be given a meal replacement drink (Ensure Plus) followed by up to another one hour of continuous images. Occasionally, a low dose of Morphine may be used during the test.

  • How long does it take

    The test usually takes approximately 2 hours. However, this test can take between 1-3 hours.

  • After Your Examination

    It is recommended that you minimise close contact with others (especially babies and small children) for up to 24 hours. Ensure you drink plenty of water to flush out your system.

  • Your images and report

    After your examination, you will be given a copy of the most pertinent images from your study. A report will be given to you with the images, or sent directly back to your referring doctor by fax or email. PRP will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

    Please bring any previous scans with you for comparison.

    It is important that you return to your doctor with your examination results. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.

  • Special precautions

    In general, allergic reactions to the injection are extremely rare. However in a very small percentage of people, minor bruising may occur around the injection site.

Service - Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

A safe and non-invasive imaging test, nuclear medicine scans provide information about both the function and anatomy of the human body. The test involves the administration of a small dose of radiation to a patient, in order to detect a wide array of pathologies and conditions.

This content is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you would like any clarifications, please contact your local practice.