What to Expect During the Procedure
You will lie on the table on your back. After starting an IV in your hand or arm, a radioactive tracer is injected. Images are acquired continuously until the gallbladder is well visualized. This usually takes 30-60 minutes. After the gallbladder is visualized, either a pharmaceutical called Kinevac is injected through the IV or you will be asked to drink Boost Plus (both Kinevac and the Boost Plus cause the gallbladder to react as if a fatty meal has been ingested). Imaging continues for an additional 30 minutes to monitor the gallbladder’s response to the Kinevac/Boost Plus.
There are no common side effects to the radioisotope injection for the initial phase. With Kinevac, some patients may experience mild spasms, abdominal cramping or nausea. If this occurs, it resolves quickly when the injection is complete. Our procedure is usually complete in about 90 minutes.
How Should I Prepare?
What to Expect After the Procedure
- Nothing to eat 4 hours prior to our appointment. You may have water to drink.
- No pain medications are to be taken after midnight the day before.
There are no post procedural instructions. You may resume normal eating and medications. Also, no driver is needed following this procedure. Reports will be sent to your physician within 5 business days. Contact your physician for any information pertaining to the findings.