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Can kidney stones be seen on mri?

Can kidney stones be seen on mri?

Yes: An xray may miss some. An ultrasound is less expensive than and MRI and will give you the same information, regarding the presence/absence of stones. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Is it possible to see kidney stone with MRI or CT scan?

Is it possible to see kidney stone with MRI or CT scan?

Yes: Noncontrast ct is the most sensitive and specific noninvasive exam for finding kidney stones. Mri (more specifically mr urogram) may find them, as well, but it is less common to order this test. ...Read more

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Is an MRI without contrast on the abdomen good at diagnosing pancreatitis, gall stones or blockage, kidney stones? Does. Contrast make a difference?

Is an MRI without contrast on the abdomen good at diagnosing pancreatitis, gall stones or blockage, kidney stones? Does. Contrast make a difference?

Not the 1st choice: Ultrasound is first imaging exam done for gallbladder problems. Ct without contrast for suspected kidney stones. Ct with contrast best for pancreas.
The results of any imaging test should be evaluated in light of other lab (blood or urine) tests and your primary symptoms to accurately discover the problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible to continually make kidney stones without it being detected in a CT scan? Is an MRI of the kidney necessary?

MRI: Is not good for detecting kidney stones. CT is the most sensitive imaging modality. If the CT is performed utilizing a special renal stone protocol, only the smallest (less than 1 mm or so) stones might not be visualized. ...Read more

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Low back pain, no other sx. No uti, kidney stones, etc. Dr. Wants to send me for mri, but hasn't checked blood, etc. Is this standard for healthy 32 yo?

Low back pain, no other sx. No uti, kidney stones, etc. Dr. Wants to send me for mri, but hasn't checked blood, etc. Is this standard for healthy 32 yo?

Yes: If your back pain has been significant enough to seek medical attention and has lasted for more than six weeks, a MRI would be more helpful than lab work. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Due to kidney stones I have had 2 ultrasounds, 2 ct's and 1 MRI w/contrast in past year. If I had pancreatic cancer would one of these picked it up?

Due to kidney stones I have had 2 ultrasounds, 2 ct's and 1 MRI w/contrast in past year. If I had pancreatic cancer would one of these picked it up?

Whether the: CTs or MRI you had would be sensitive in detecting a small pancreatic cancer would depend on the technical parameters of the scans, so without additional information it is difficult to say. Large tumors would not be missed, small tumors might not be detectable if the scan was tailored for other purposes. ...Read more

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Having pain in groin area and around testicles after stretching out groin for martial arts. Went to E.R did MRI and urine test. No hernia visible but blood in urine. Diagnosed with kidney stones. Been 3 weeks still hurting in groin.

Having pain in groin area and around testicles after stretching out groin for martial arts. Went to E.R did MRI and urine test. No hernia visible but blood in urine. Diagnosed with kidney stones. Been 3 weeks still hurting in groin.

Not convinced: MRI of whatever doesn't usually see kidney stones unless large. If MRI was for muscles or hernia ok. CT for kidney stones. Also the CT would help evaluate the kidney for trauma. See a doctor sooner than later ...Read more

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Should I contact a different doctor for adrenal mass went to a urologist after a CT scan for kidney stones showed an adrenal mass. Urologist sent me for a MRI and had me do a 24 hour urine test to see why I had kidney stones. I am more worried about the

Should I contact a different doctor for adrenal mass went to a urologist after a CT scan for kidney stones showed an adrenal mass. Urologist sent me for a MRI and had me do a 24 hour urine test to see why I had kidney stones. I am more worried about the

The most common: Adrenal mass seen in about 15% of patients is an adrenal adenoma which is a benign tumor. It is easy to characterize on MRI because we can show there is fat in the tumor. This usually (94% accurate) means that the adrenal tumor is benign. But we make sure by following the tumor with additional MRI studies, which do not use harmful radiation. Ultrasound is not as accurate for followup. ...Read more

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HELP. F67yr diabetic w/kidney stones. Had lil blood in stool then 1st ever seizure. 3days in hsptl, all labs, MRIs etc are normal. Ideas for causes?

HELP. F67yr diabetic w/kidney stones. Had lil blood in stool then 1st ever seizure. 3days in hsptl, all labs, MRIs etc are normal. Ideas for causes?

Not sure: Not having all the test results, it's rather hard to comment. Question though: did you ever adequately explain the blood in the stool? ...Read more

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Can a urine test show you have kidney stones?

Can a urine test show you have kidney stones?

No but suggests: Urine test in persons with kidney stones usually shows red blood cells under the microscope. However, if the stone is dormant and small it may show nothing. Occasionally, a stone will be accompanied by infection. Then whites cells may show in urine bec of infection not bec of stone. Also persons may have red blood cells in urine bec of different reasons than stones. A doctor will differentiate. ...Read more

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Can a ultrasound show a kidney stone blockage thanks?

Can a ultrasound show a kidney stone blockage thanks?

Yes, depends on seve: If the blockage is complete & urine backs up into the kidneys, you can get a condition called hydronephrosis. This can be detected on ultrasound due to the dilation of the ducts in the kidneys (like stepping on a garden hose- water backs up & bulges). Ultrasound can miss a kidney stone due to its location or size; however, it can detect the *effects* of a kidney stone, by which diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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I had kidney stone surg 2 years ago and I feel o lot of pain in the same kidney ultrasound shows that is not any stone but my pain is getting worse

Here are some. ..: What you described suggests the current pain is not related with kidney or stone. So, collect & bring the info on the onset, degree, duration, interval, & progress of the symptoms over time to Doc for analysis, physicals, possible tests so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx. Best wish. .. ...Read more

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Possible for kidney stone not to show up on ultrasound?

Possible for kidney stone not to show up on ultrasound?

YES: Sometimes you would need a different test to pick up stones. ...Read more

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If I had a kidney stone, would a urinalysis show something?

It may, imaging: There may be microscopic hematuria, small amount of blood in urine, and depending on the type of stone, crystals may be present in the urine. However, imaging studies are the test of choice for diagnosing kidney stones. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a kidney stone not show on ultrasound?

Please tell me, could a kidney stone not show on ultrasound?

Some may not: Some kidney stones may not show on ultrasound. If the stones are less than 3mm the ultrasound exam may not be able to detect in some cases
cat scan is the standard test used in us to diagnose kidney stones, but it does involve risk of radiation as compared to ultrasound. ...Read more

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If you have a kidney stone blocking your tube and tests show only 10% funtion do you have to have your kidney removed or can it be saved?

If you have a kidney stone blocking your tube and tests show only 10% funtion do you have to have your kidney removed or can it be saved?

Urologist: If the obstruction is successfully removed that kidney's function should improve significantly unless the damage done is irreversible. Usually a kidney is not removed unless there is malignancy or extensive abscess formation from infection or the damage causes recurrent infection. Your urologist will guide you. ...Read more

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I recently had an lumber spine X-ray if I've got kidney stones will they show on this x-ray?

I recently had an lumber spine X-ray if I've got kidney stones will they show on this x-ray?

Kidney Stones: A plain x-ray will only see kidney stones that have partially calcified; not all kidney stones, however, have calcium in them, so if you have typical symptoms - excruciating pain radiating into the groin, for example - you may well have a stone that is not calcified. Other tests can determine if you do. Follow up with your urologist. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more