Biliary Tract Study

You have been scheduled for a biliary tract study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
You cannot have any food or drink four hours before the test. Please inform the technologist if you are allergic to morphine or if you have pancreatitis. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
Once in the scan room you will be lying down on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will be over your abdomen. You will receive an intravenous injection of a radioactive tracer. Images will be acquired every 15 minutes for approximately one and a half hours. Occasionally we will give morphine to enhance the test. Please inform your technologist if you are allergic to morphine.
Your doctor may wish to have additional information about how your gall bladder is contracting. If this is the case you will be given an intravenous injection of sincalide (this makes your gall bladder contract) and images will be acquired for an additional 45 minutes.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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