- Evaluate cystic duct and common bile duct patency.
- Evaluate functional integrity of biliary-intestinal anastomosis.
- Follow the dynamic flow of bile through the GI tract.
- Evaluate the distribution of functioning hepatocytes.
- Detection of acute cholecystitis.
5 mCi 99m TC Choletec or other Tc-IDA derivatives IV
- Patient must be NPO for at least eight hours prior to the examination.
- Patient should not have any radiopaque contrast in the abdomen.
- Administer the radiopharmaceutical intravenously. Begin imaging immediately. Obtain images every five minutes for one hour. At 60 minutes take a right lateral view to help differentiate gallbladder from renal or duodenal activity.
- Delayed views, anterior and right lateral, may be obtained at two and four hours if the gallbladder is not visualized by 60 minutes.
- In order to determine biliary dynamics IV CCK (Kinevac) 0.02 ug/kg of body weight may be administered during exam to determine gallbladder ejection fraction. Physician order required administration by qualified Nuclear Medicine technologist.
For a consultation, please call
The staff of nuclear medicine is available for consultation from 6:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.