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What can a kidney scan show?

What can a kidney scan show?

Function, scars, obs: Renal scans can be very helpful to give differential kidney function. They can give us information about renal scars from previous infections and help us differentiate if a kidney is obstructed or not. The degree of obstruction can be determined with a scan. There are different nuclear scan isotopes and history of the problem will dictate which one is needed to answer the questi hope this help. ...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


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What does a kidney scan usually involve?

What does a kidney scan usually involve?

Nuclear vs us: A nuclear medicine scan of kidneys involves intravenous injection of isotope that is extracted from blood stream by kidneys either for determination of function, scarring, or obstruction of kidneys.Different isotopes such as Tc99m MAG3 for excretion and Tc99m DMSA for scarring are used.Kidneys for anatomic imaging can utilize renal ultrasound. Nuclear medicine is for function. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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How much is involved during a kidney scan?

How much is involved during a kidney scan?

See below: If you mean a ct [computorised tomography] scan of the kidney, it may involve giving a dye intravenously which may be required for outlining structures within the kidney.It can also be done without the dye. The dye may cause disturbances to your kidney function which in most cases is reversible.Your doctor and radiologist determine if the dye is required. You may have to fast before the test. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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How much nudity is involved during a kidney scan?

Shirtless...?: Scanning the kidneys with ultrasound will require one to expose the mid-abdomen and directly touch the skin with the us probe and gel. For ct or mri, one will most likely be wearing a hospital gown. ...Read more

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What does a kidney scan involve; is it radioactive?

What does a kidney scan involve; is it radioactive?

See below: A nuclear scan has radioactive tracer to determine kidney function.The ct scan may invove a iodinated dye to resolve certain structures within the kidney. ...Read more