Posts Tagged ‘Liver’
(Hepatobiliary Iminodiacetic Acid Scan; Gallbladder Scan; Hepatobiliary Imaging; Biliary Tract Radionuclide Scan; Hepatobiliary Scintigraphy; Cholescintigraphy; HIDA [a technetium-99m disopropyl analogue] Scan)
HIDA scan – Definition
A HIDA scan is an imaging test. It helps to diagnose problems of the gallbladder and liver.
Bile is a fluid that is made in the liver. It is stored in the bile duct. This fluid helps your body digest certain foods. If there is a problem with the production or flow of bile, a HIDA scan may find the problem.
(Malignant Hepatoma; Hepatocellular Carcinoma; Primary Liver Cancer)
Liver cancer – Definition
The liver is located in the right side of the abdomen. It stores and metabolizes nutrients, and filters and stores blood. Liver cancer is the growth of cancer cells in the liver.
Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably, a mass of tissue forms. This is called a growth or tumor. The term cancer refers to malignant tumors. They can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.
(Yellowing of Skin)
Jaundice – Definition
Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucus membranes (tissue including that which lines the mouth), and whites of the eyes.
Jaundice – Causes
Jaundice occurs when excess bilirubin builds up in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow-brown colored substance in bile. Bile is a liquid that carries waste products (including bilirubin) away from the liver. It also helps break down fats in the small intestine. It is formed during the body’s normal process of breaking down red blood cells.