The best healthcare professionals discuss the medical history of the patient to identify the gallstones. They may perform a physical exam, ask for lab and imaging tests to diagnose gallstones. During the physical examination, the doctor will check the body, and what you typically eat and check for pain in the abdomen. The test can be:
- Blood tests- measure the amount of bilirubin in your blood. The tests also help determine how well your liver is functioning.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)- A tiny camera is threaded down to your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It helps your doctor look for gallstones stuck in your bile duct.
- Abdominal ultrasound and CT scan to create pictures of your gallbladder. These images can be analyzed to look for signs of gallstones.