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Renal ultrasound

Scan of 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

About

A renal ultrasound is a simple scan that can be carried out to produce images of your bladder, kidneys and prostate (in men). It lets us 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

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    Your renal ultrasound will be carried out by one of our specialist consultant radiologists. They'll ask you to lie on your side, before applying a gel to your transabdominal (pelvic) area. They'll 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). If required, these images will be sent to your GP or consultant for further analysis.
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    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.
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    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.
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