2. Imaging studies
When it comes to the diagnosis of cholestasis, imaging studies such as ultrasound scans and CT scans are commonly used. These diagnostic methods help visualize the structure of the bile ducts and detect any blockages or abnormalities that could be causing the symptoms.
Ultrasound and CT scans are useful for detecting gallstones, bile duct strictures, and other conditions causing cholestasis.
The other type of study used to diagnose cholestasis is biliary nuclear medicine studies. These studies are used to differentiate between obstructive and hepatocellular cholestasis.
Overall, imaging and biliary nuclear medicine studies are essential tools for diagnosing cholestasis and determining the underlying cause. They provide detailed information about the structure of the bile ducts and the levels of bile salts in the bile ducts, which can help diagnose and treat this condition.