A comparison of radionuclide hepatobiliary imaging and real-time ultrasound for the detection of acute cholecystitis

Radiology. 1983 Apr;147(1):207-10. doi: 10.1148/radiology.147.1.6828731.


The relative value of hepatobiliary scintigraphy vs. real-time ultrasound for the identification of acute cholecystitis was evaluated. No significant difference in sensitivity (97% vs. 97%) existed between the two modalities. Scintigraphy demonstrated better specificity (93% vs. 64%) and predictive value (77% vs. 40%). Although real-time ultrasound provided improved sensitivity over static gray-scale imaging for identification of gallbladder disease, hepatobiliary scintigraphy remains the procedure of choice for acute cholecystitis detection.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Bile Ducts / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cholecystitis / diagnosis
  • Cholecystitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Gallbladder / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Liver / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Ultrasonography