Renal ultrasound

Scan using sound waves to check your kidneys, ureter and bladder

Our radiologists can carry out a renal scan of your pelvic area to check your bladder and kidneys for problems

What is a renal ultrasound?

A renal ultrasound is a scan that can be carried out to produce images of your bladder, kidneys and prostate (in men). It lets allows your consultant to check the size, shape and health of these organs, and can help us to diagnose a range of conditions, like kidney stones, urinary incontinence and any narrowing of the ureter.

Need to know

  • What happens during the scan? icon plus

    Your renal ultrasound will be carried out by one of our specialist consultant radiologists. They will ask you to lie on your side, before applying a gel to your transabdominal (pelvic) area. They will then gently move a small device, called a transducer, across your skin. As they do this, the transducer will emit ultrasound waves to generate images of your kidneys, bladder and prostate (in men). 
  • How to prepare icon plus

    You'll need to have a full bladder (where your urine is stored) during a renal ultrasound. So you'll most likely be asked to drink a litre of water 30 to 60 minutes prior to your scan. The renal ultrasound itself normally takes around 30 minutes in a diagnostics consultation room.
  • After your scan icon plus

    A renal ultrasound is a simple, minimally-invasive scan, so you'll be able to go home straight after. If required, your ultrasound images will be sent to your GP or consultant for further analysis. So you may be asked to attend a follow-up appointment to discuss the results of the scan.

Our renal consultants

We're proud to work with leading urology and renal experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex renal surgery to diagnostic tests and urology procedures, we provide exceptional renal care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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