Predictive value of an abnormal hepatobiliary scan in patients with severe intercurrent illness

Radiology. 1983 Jan;146(1):191-4. doi: 10.1148/radiology.146.1.6849044.


Ten patients had severe intercurrent illness and the gallbladder could not be seen on a hepatobiliary scan. In 4, surgery and pathological examination showed that the gallbladder was normal; 1 had chronic cholecystitis and 5 had acute acalculous cholecystitis. This study indicates that a positive hepatobiliary scan may not be indicative of acute gallbladder disease in the seriously ill patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Gallbladder / diagnostic imaging*
  • Gallbladder Diseases / complications
  • Gallbladder Diseases / diagnosis
  • Gallbladder Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Imino Acids
  • Liver / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Technetium
  • Technetium Tc 99m Disofenin
  • Ultrasonography


  • Imino Acids
  • Technetium
  • Technetium Tc 99m Disofenin