Reasons for Kidney Ultrasound

When your doctor informs you that you need the Kidney Ultrasound procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Kidney Ultrasound is Performed


Alternate Names for Kidney Ultrasound:
Renal ultrasound
Ultrasound, kidneys
Ultrasound, renal



Reasons for Test

The test is done to look for:

  • Changes in the bladder wall
  • Changes in kidney size or structure
  • Kidney stone , cyst, mass, or other obstruction in the kidney
  • Stones in the urinary tract
  • Changes in the ureters

The test is also done to look at:

  • Kidneys before doing a renal biopsy (removal of tissue from the kidney for exam)
  • Blood flow to the kidneys (a Doppler ultrasound is used)


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Reasons For Kidney Ultrasound
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Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Kidney Ultrasound Complications
Complications
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Kidney Ultrasound Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Kidney Ultrasound Results
Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Kidney Ultrasound
Call Your Doctor
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