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What are the signs of a kidney stone on ultrasound?

What are the signs of a kidney stone on ultrasound?

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

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

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


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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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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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What to do if I had a kidney stone and hydronephrosis last year, but when I do ultrasound this year?

What to do if I had a kidney stone and hydronephrosis last year, but when I do ultrasound this year?

Why not treated?: U hopefully consulted a urologist last year. Dr should have outlined a plan. U don't tell us whether the kidney stone was treated or not. We also do not know whether hydronephrosis was result of stone or not. Thus advise U contact urologist U saw before, or consult a urologist if U haven't done so before. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound done and it showed a 6-7mm kidney stone. The X-ray showed clear. What one is right?

I had an ultrasound done and it showed a 6-7mm kidney stone. The X-ray showed clear. What one is right?

Stones : A small kidney stones detected by ultrasound can sometimes be missed in plain x-rays. You should go with the ultrasound results. they are small and in your case asymptomatic in many cases they pass on their own hydrate yourself well and read about diet that decreases future stone formation .. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a kidney stone and hydronephrosis last year, but when I do ultrasound this year?

What do you advise if i had a kidney stone and hydronephrosis last year, but when I do ultrasound this year?

Just...: For your clinical scenario, i would probably just review hx pertaining to stone clinical activity, get a kub if prior stone was radiopaque, and urinalysis, with US only for the first year after care for stone and its related hydronephrosis. That sounds reasonable. Detail? Ask urologist. ...Read more

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35 year old husband has 7mm kidney stone found on ultrasound by accident. He keeps getting these tiny stones. He has no symptoms. Is this serious?

35 year old husband has 7mm kidney stone found on ultrasound by accident. He keeps getting these tiny stones. He has no symptoms. Is this serious?

Urology evaluation: Lot of hydration ( 8-10 8 oz. glasses of water daily) plus acidify your urine with citric acid ( fresh fruit juices-OJ, lemon, lime. pineapple etc.) the citric acid will bind calcium crystals and 90% of all stones are made of calcium. ...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

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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I had all the symptoms of a kidney stone 2 weeks ago. I took medication and it eventually went away. After two weeks all the symptoms came back. Is this normal? I'm in constant pain and can't even focus on work or school. I got an ultrasound done and it d

Kidney stone??: If you truly had a kidney stone it is supposed to be one of the worst back pains there is and it is usually treated in the ER by putting an IV live in you and pushing in fluids until you pee it out. They try to capture the "sand" analyze it and modify your diet, hoping that you won't make another. If you have one that didn't pass there are techniques to break it up from outside and then there is s ...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