Your doctor will perform a physical examination that includes checking your eyes and skin for visible changes in color. A yellowish tint in your skin or eyes may be signs of jaundice. Too much bilirubin in your body causes jaundice.
The examination may involve using diagnostic testing to see inside your body. These tests include:
•Ultrasound tests produce images of your abdomen. This is the preferred imaging method to initially confirm that you have gallstone disease.
•Abdominal CT Scan
This is an imaging test that takes pictures of your liver and abdominal region.
•Gallbladder Radionuclide Scan
This is a very important scan that takes about one hour to complete. A specialist injects a radioactive substance into your veins. The substance travels through your blood to the liver and gallbladder. It highlights any infection or blockages in these organs.
Your doctor may order blood tests that measure the amount of bilirubin in your blood. The tests also help determine how well your liver is functioning.