Why It Is Done
A gallbladder scan is done to:
- Help determine the cause of pain in the upper right side of the belly.
- Check the function of the gallbladder. A gallbladder Reference ultrasound Opens New Window may be done before a gallbladder scan to help find structural problems in the gallbladder. If the ultrasound is normal, a gallbladder scan often is done to check gallbladder function.
- Help determine the cause of Reference jaundice Opens New Window.
- Find blockage of the tubes (bile ducts) leading from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine (duodenum).
- Look for leakage of bile after surgery or an injury.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology