Diagnosis of Gallbladder Problems
Evaluation begins with an assessment of your symptoms. Your physician will then determine whether imaging is necessary and what type. Usually, an ultrasound is ordered to locate gallstones or duct dilation. If gallstones cannot be identified via ultrasound, your physician may order other testing (such as a HIDA Scan) or blood work. During a HIDA scan, a technician will inject a dye into a vein in your arm. A special nuclear medicine scanner then tracks the flow of the tracer from your liver into your gallbladder and small intestine.
Other tests, such as an MRCP, may be needed as well.