Renal Tract Ultrasound
A Kidney/Renal ultrasound is a procedure used to assess the size, shape, and location of the kidneys. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the kidneys and related structures from outside the body.
Generally, no prior preparation is required. Depending on the clinical indication for your scan, evaluation of the bladder may also be necessary, in which case you will be required to have a full bladder prior to the scan.
How is the Ultrasound Performed?
You will be lying down for the procedure. A clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the upper abdomen. This helps with the transmission of the sound waves, to allow for smooth movement of the transducer over the skin and to eliminate air between the skin and the transducer for the best sound conduction. A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the upper abdomen until the kidneys have been examined and the required images captured. You may need to change position so that the doctor can look at different areas. You may also need to hold your breath for short periods during the exam.
How long does the procedure take?
Usually, the test takes less than 30 minutes. After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
When will I get my results?
Within 2 hours of your examination your results will be faxed to your doctor and a copy will also be posted to your doctor.