WHAT IS IT?
This is a test to evaluate the kidneys. Renal ultrasounds are useful in diagnosing kidney stones along with other abnormalities of the kidneys. Doppler ultrasound may also be used to evaluate the renal artery. This is the artery which supplies blood to the kidneys.
I AM COMING IN FOR THIS TEST WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
During this exam, the ultrasound technologist will apply gel on your stomach and/or back and use a transducer to obtain images of your kidneys. You will be asked to lie on your back and may occasionally be asked to roll onto your side. This test should take 20-30 minutes.
Lower back or abdominal pain
Abnormal urine or blood test
There are no preparations for this test.