Figure 9-9. (A) Sonogram of the gallbladder. Note the two gallstones within the gallbladder (arrows). Ultrasonography usually elicits the Murphy sign, in which the patient reports pain as the operator presses on the gallbladder. (B) Sonogram of the gallbladder. Note the horizontal band of gallstones (arrow). (C) Hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) scan of a healthy patient. HIDA uses the radionuclide 99mTc attached to lidocaine analogs bound to iminodiacetic acid. This compound is injected intravenously, processed by hepatocytes, and excreted into the bile. In a healthy person, filling of the liver, gallbladder, and biliary tract occurs within 60 minutes after injection. Note the filling of the liver, gallbladder (arrowhead), and common bile ducts (arrow) within 60 minutes after injection. (D) HIDA scan of a patient with acute cholecystitis. Note that the gallbladder (arrowhead) has not filled 90 minutes after injection, which is diagnostic of a blockage. However, the liver and common bile duct (arrow) are filled. Because most gallstones are composed of cholesterol (and, therefore, are radiolucent), plain abdominal radiographs often are of little value. Therefore, ultrasonography and HIDA are the methods of choice for diagnosis. (A-C reprinted with permission from Freedman M: Clinical Imaging: An Introduction to the Role of Imaging in Clinical Practice. New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1988, pp 368, 369; A and B courtesy of R. Sanders, MD; D reprinted with permission from Levy RC, Hawkins H, Barsan WG: Radiology in Emergency Medicine. St. Louis, CV Mosby, 1986, p 234.)
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