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What Do White Specks On A Kidney Ultrasound Signify
Aging of kidney: When a kidney ages, it acquires a condition called chronic kidney disease and appears bright on ultrasound. This usually appears in both kidneys, however, sometimes, a kidney appears bright before the other for different reasons e.g. If it has less good blood flow due to extra cholesterol plaques in blood vessels. Usually that kidney is a little smaller. Check your blood and urinalysis, though. ...Read more
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
Tough Question: Boy that's a tough question. Usually things that are bright on ultrasound are calculi (stones), air, or fat. If it were air the pt would likely be very sick. Fat is almost always benign, and stones can cause symptoms ranging from mild pain to sepsis. ...Read more
I sometimes feel pain in my left side and my kidney was completely fine in the ultrasound. What could this possibly be?
MAY BE MUSCULAR PAIN:
It probabely is not related to your kidney and may be muscular pain
discuss with your doctor who examined you and ordered ultrasound. ...Read more
Kidney ultrasound measurements were 89mm x 42mm x34mm on left and 89mm x 33mm x 45mm on right. I'm 34, female. Should I be worried?
Depends on the size: It depends on how large the stones are. Very small stones should be able to pass without difficulty. Medium or large stones should probably be treated. If the stones are visible on a plain film xray, then eswl is a good option. Very large stones may require a more invasive procedure. Either way, it is important to increase your daily water intake to 2.5 to 3 l. ...Read more
Blood flow: Colors are genertaed during an ultrasound exam by software that detects motion occuring within the ultrasound beam. Standard colors are red and blue designated movement either towards the bam or away from the beam. Asdditional color gradients can indicate velocity and turbulence in the flow. Color in a kidney ultrasound indicates blood flow. ...Read more
Blockage vs infxn:
A swollen kidney may be due to either a distal blockage or infection of the kidney or any part of the urinary tract system.
Was there any mention in the report if the renal collecting system was dilated? What additional tests are they doing for you? ...Read more
Lots of diseases: In medicine, cause means diagnosis. Pain is a symptom and many different diagnosis can cause kidney pain. Commonly, there are kidney stones. Sharp severe pain that comes and goes especially with urinating. You may pass blood along with that pain. There are many other things that can cause pain. ...Read more
Size, obstruction: Cysts, tumors. Ask the ordering physician or look on the prescription or order. ...Read more
In an ultrasound, my right kidney measured 11x5.5x4.5 cm and left 5.5x5x4.7 cm. Is this a concern? 33yr male, imaging done in 2010
More info needed:
It would be helpful to have more information to better answer this question:
Did you have any prior imaging to compare to?
Why was the imaging in 2010 performed?
Do you have any chronic medical conditions or history of kidney problems? (in your adult life or childhood)
Do you know of anyone else in your family that has similar findings? ...Read more
I had an ultrasound of my kidneys. The dr stated there was "fluid on my kidney". I had just used the restroom. What does that mean?
Cyst: Probably a cyst. A small pouch of fluid on the kidney surface. Usually not a problem and often goes away on it's own. ...Read more
Ultrasound showed Asymmetric thickening on the anterior aspect of left kidney. Should I be worried. No definite focal lesions were identified.
Here are some...: Need more info on general/specific history which was associated with why you got US of kidneys so to deduce the clinical significance of the asymmetric thickening on the anterior aspect of left kidney, although in reality it could be just a normal variation. If you need further evaluation with repeating US in 6-12 mons or a CT to further delineate what it may be, that should be decided by you & Dr ...Read more
My kidney function was not so good 5 months ago, but still in normal range, now on ultrasound, one kidney is 100mm and other 90mm, is this normal?
Normal size: The renal length varies with height and weight and decreases slowly with age. Right kidney is usually slightly smaller than the Left. Normal size ranges from 9-12 cm (90-120 mm) and the difference in size should not exceed 2 cm. **So the size of the kidneys is normal. Besides size the texture of the kidney (Its "Ecogenicity") is often increased in chronic renal disease. ...Read more
5 months earlier in ultrasound my kidneys size were Rt. 10.3 x 3.8, Lt. 11.2 x 4.2 today it is Rt. 9.7 x 3.7, Lt 9.7 x 3.8 Is this normal pls help?
It is most: Likely OK and related to technical variations between the scans, but talk to your doc to make sure. ...Read more
Bright spots: Kidney stones show up on ultrasound as bright echogenic foci (white spots) within the substance of the kidney. If the stones are larger than 3 or 4 mm there will be a darker area behind the stone representing an acoustical shadow. Obstruction of the kidney by a stone will cause dilatation of the kidney's collecting system which will appear as black fluid spaces within the kidney. ...Read more
Yes: Ultrasound is a very good initial screening test for the kidneys. It can help identify kidney stones, obstruction of the kidneys, and tumors. If the ultrasound is questionable or clearly abnormal, a more specific imaging study is required such as a ct scan or MRI of the kidneys for further evaluation. Lesions seen ultrasound do not necessarily indicate cancer but further testing is warranted. ...Read more
Yes: If over 5 - 10 mm, it would show up. ...Read more
Easy peasy: Usually you will be asked to come with a full bladder. Gel will be placed on your skin and a tech will place a small device over the gel to take pictures, typically of your bladder first. It is painless. Then, you will likely be asked to empty bladder, then kidneys will be imaged same way. If you have ever seen a pregnant woman get an ultrasound it is the same thing, just in a different area. ...Read more
Yes: Yes. In adults both kidneys are usually visible. ...Read more
Solid or cystic: Ultrasound can tell if a lesion in the kidney is solid or cystic. A simple, uncomplicated cyst is usually nothing to worry about, and therefore no further workup would be needed. However, an ultrasound cannot tell if a solid mass is benign or malignant, so if the lesion is solid, further evaluation would be necessary. ...Read more
It seems you saw the screen during an ultrasound. One of the functions uses doppler analysis to determine blood flow. Flow is indicated by color on the screen.
Yellow is usually used for power doppler which is more sensitive to flow but not direction specific. ...Read more
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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