Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital



286 16th Street
Burlington, CO 80807


What is a HIDA Scan?

A HIDA Scan, also known as a cholescintigraphy, is a type of imaging study that helps visualize the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and small intestine. This test is particularly effective in diagnosing gallbladder issues and bile duct obstructions.

Why is a HIDA Scan Performed?

Gallbladder Disorders: Identifying gallstones, cholecystitis, bile duct obstructions, and post-surgical complications.
Liver Function: Evaluating liver function to detect any abnormalities or diseases.
Bile Flow Monitoring: Assessing the flow of bile from the liver to the small intestine.

The Procedure: What to Expect

Preparation: Specific instructions regarding fasting and medication adjustments will be provided. View Patient Instructions PDF
During the Scan: A small amount of a radioactive tracer is injected into a vein. This tracer is processed by your liver and helps visualize bile flow.
Imaging: You’ll lie on a table while a gamma camera takes images. The procedure typically lasts about one to two hours.
Post-Scan Care: There are no restrictions post-scan, and you can resume normal activities.

Safety and Comfort

The HIDA scan is a safe procedure with minimal risks. The radioactive tracer used is small and has no side effects in most individuals. Our trained medical staff will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the process.