Ultrasound of the renal tract is a very common request at our centre. To examine the kidneys, the patient lies on the table and the sonographer uses warm gel on the abdomen to visualize and take images of the kidneys. The kidneys are positioned on either side of the spine on the back side of the abdomen. Ultrasound of the kidneys is a useful screening tool for kidney stones, cysts and masses. It can assess complications of obstructive kidneys stones.
It provides useful information when a patient is in renal failure or if there is blood found in the urine. It can also provide information for those suffering from repeated urinary tract infections.
Note: Be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes at the clinic for this test. There may be an indication that the bladder should be assessed as well and in that instance we may ask you to fill your bladder by drinking several glasses of water.
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Tel: 01 210 0232
What Is A Renal Scan?
A renal tract ultrasound scan is a non-invasive medical procedure in which pictures are taken of the patient’s urinary tract system in order to further diagnose a variety of abnormalities that may be causing an individual pain, discomfort or unusual symptoms.
What To Expect
An ultrasound of the renal tract is performed by a trained sonographer who has the patient lie down on an examination table. A warm gel is then applied to the bare abdominal area in order to take images of the kidneys which are located near the back of the abdomen on either side of the spinal cord as well as images of the bladder. Patients are usually required to drink between 16 ounces and 32 ounces of water within one hour of their appointed time to have the ultrasound scan performed.
Conditions Prompting Ultrasound Usage
Pain in the abdominal region is the most common reason that physicians order a renal tract ultrasound scan. Other symptoms that may prompt use of this diagnostic screening tool include abnormal blood test results, the inability of the patient to completely empty the bladder, an increase in the frequency of the need to urinate as well as blood evident in the urine. Pictures that result as a scan of the kidneys, bladder, male prostate gland or female ovaries and uterus can show the size, outline, shape and condition of these organs. In addition, a renal tract ultrasound scan can determine whether kidney stones are present, if there are tumors or cysts anywhere along the urinary tract, if an abnormally shaped kidney or bladder is a congenital defect evident since the patient’s birth, as well as any indication that there is infection or trauma causing problems in the prostate, kidneys or renal tract.
Advantages of Renal Ultrasound
Physicians and patients alike prefer renal tract ultrasound in diagnosing problems surrounding the renal system because it is a pain-free and non-invasive investigative procedure. It also has the advantage of not needing to subject the patient to radiation exposure as is the case with pictures obtained by traditional X-rays. It requires little in the way of preparation other than consuming water to fill the bladder for better imaging and takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
For more information about renal scans feel free to contact us today at 01 210 0232 or [email protected]