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1. What is a Kidney and Urinary Tract ultrasound?
2. Kidney and Urinary Tract ultrasound: Health issues and common reasons for an ultrasound scan
Signs of a bladder infection include the sudden, pressing need to use the lavatory, frequent urination and
a burning sensation with urination, while the signs of a kidney infection are much more severe and
– Pain in the abdomen
– Flank pain (back or side) or groin pain
– Flu-like symptoms (fever and chills)
– Nausea and vomiting
– Frequent urination
– Sudden strong urge to urinate
– Pain or burning with urination
– Pus or blood in urine (haematuria)
– Cloudy or smelly urine
Common reasons to book an appointment and what can be identified?
A kidney ultrasound is conducted to assess the location, size and shape of the kidneys and surrounding structures, such as the ureters and bladder. It may be used to assist in certain procedures such as a biopsy or the positioning of a drainage tube. A kidney ultrasound may also be required if a patient passes too little urine even whilst the bladder feels full or urinates little amounts frequently. It is also performed to
– Calculi (stones in the kidneys and ureters)
– Fluid collection
– Infection and signs of infection
– Obstructions or blockages
Urinary Tract ultrasound
A urinary tract ultrasound is used to detect many different health conditions and may be requested by a doctor for various reasons, including:
– To assess the general health of your kidneys
– To understand changes in urine (a symptom of kidney problems)
– Explore reasons for blood in the urine
– Due to Flank pain (pain in the lower back) which is a symptom of kidney stones
– To detect kidney disease
– The monitoring of transplant kidneys
3. Kidney and Urinary Tract ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
The Kidney and Urinary Tract ultrasound scan is a pain free examination. Your appointment will take a maximum of 30 minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown and remove any clothing from your torso area as well as jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be required to lie flat on your back on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to your torso area. The gel works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the torso more efficiently.
3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device (the ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up responding signals), will be pressed against your torso, moving back and forth whilst applying mild to medium pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. You’ll be asked to breathe in and hold your breath a number of times and also requested to turn onto your side so that your doctor can manoeuvre the transducer for different angles and better images. The procedure does not cause any discomfort.
4. During the scan of the bladder, we’ll begin by taking images with a full bladder, then have additional images taken with an empty bladder.You’ll be asked to empty your bladder at this stage.
5. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, you’ll be given a tissue to wipe the gel off, you can then get dressed.
6. The doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you. A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor.
Following the examination the images are processed and reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will provide your doctor with a report. We endeavour to give both you and your GP access to your results on the same day of your scan.
You can expect the scan to last between 20-30 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.
As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can
go home immediately after your appointment.
4. Kidney and Urinary Tract ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment
We recommend drinking approximately 4-6 glasses of water about an hour before your appointment so your bladder is sufficiently full in preparation for the ultrasound examination.