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HIDA with CCK

What is HIDA with CCK?

A Hida Scan, also known as a Hepatobiliary Scan, is a type of Nuclear Medicine testing that uses a radioactive material (radiotracer) to determine the structure of the liver, gallbladder and biliary ducts. By adding CCK (Cholecystokinin)—a hormone typically released by the body after a meal—it forces the gallbladder to contract, allowing us to see how well it is functioning.

Common Questions

  • Why would my doctor recommend a HIDA Scan with CCK?

    Your doctor may order a HIDA Scan with CCK to diagnose problems of the bile ducts, gall bladder and/or liver. HIDA stands for Hepatobiliary IminoDiaceticAcid. The CCK part is CholeCystoKinin, a peptide hormone of the gastrointestinal system responsible for stimulating the digestion of fat and protein. A radioactive tracer injected into your vein travels through the bloodstream to your liver, then with bile into your gallbladder, and through the bile ducts into the small intestine. 

  • What can I expect during a HIDA Scan with CCK?

    The HIDA Scan with CCK will be used to evaluate your gallbladder function over a period of approximately two hours.  You will lie on an exam table the entire time.  Initially, you will be injected with a radioactive imaging material into a vein in your arm, and you will be imaged for about 45 minutes.  Then, a second injection of Cholecystokinin will be administered, and you will be imaged for another hour or so. The nuclear medicine scanner tracks the tracer from your liver into your gallbladder and small intestines, creating digital images.

  • What is different about a HIDA Scan without CCK?

    There is one injection of a radioactive imaging material into your arm with a HIDA Scan. The scan will take approximately one hour.  Physicians often use this scan to check post cholecystectomy patients of bile leaks, stents, or biliary drainage catheters.

  • How do I prepare for the scan?

    Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions for scan preparation. In general, you should discontinue all pain medications six hours prior to the exam, and have nothing to eat or drink for six hours prior to the exam.

  • How do I schedule a HIDA Scan with Fairfax Radiology?

    Please have your written physician order and insurance information in hand when scheduling your appointment.  Note: It is very important for you to tell your scheduler if your gallbladder has been removed. 

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    Scheduling Department Phone: 703.698.4488
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • When are appointments offered for a HIDA scan?

    For your convenience, appointments are available at multiple locations.  Learn more about each location below.

Available at the following locations

Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage / Radiology Imaging Associates

8926 Woodyard Road
Suites 301, 401 & 502
Clinton, MD 20735
United States

Tel
301.856.3670
Fax
301.868.0129
Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke / Radiology Imaging Associates

 

Tel
301.870.8434
Fax
301.870.5327
Fairfax Radiology Center at Prosperity

Fairfax Radiology Center at Prosperity

8503 Arlington Boulevard 
Suite LL-100 (US, X-Ray, Nuc Med) 
Suite LL-110 (CT) 
Fairfax, Virginia, 22031

Tel
703.698.9600
Fax
703.698.5609
Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

4 Pidgeon Hill Drive
Sterling, VA 20165
United States

Tel
703.450.5800
Fax
703.450.0495