be found during tests that evaluate abdominal pain or during tests for another condition, such as an
ultrasound test during pregnancy. The doctor will ask questions about your medical history and your symptoms. And he or she will do a physical exam. Although your medical history and physical exam
may suggest that you have gallstones, other tests can confirm the diagnosis.
Tests for gallstones include:
Gallbladder scanGallbladder scan. If your gallbladder looks normal on an abdominal ultrasound, but
your doctor still thinks that you may have a problem, your doctor may request a
gallbladder scan. In this test, a doctor injects
a special radioactive dye into a vein in your arm and takes pictures to see
whether the gallbladder is working normally. This test can also reveal other
problems, such as blocked bile ducts (bile ducts are tubes attached to your
Blood tests. Tests such as a
complete blood count and tests for liver function and
pancreatitis can help a doctor evaluate symptoms of abdominal pain
that may be caused by gallstones. The tests may be able to detect whether your
symptoms are being caused by a condition other than gallstones.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). This test can be used to see
gallstones in the common bile duct. A doctor gently moves a thin, flexible,
lighted viewing instrument (endoscope) with an ultrasound probe down the throat
and through your stomach to examine the tubes that drain the liver,
gallbladder, and pancreas.