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What is involved exactly in a pediatric renal tract ultrasound?

What is involved exactly in a pediatric renal tract ultrasound?

Very easy exam: Just as when you were pregnant, they put the gel on the abdomen and ultrasound the kidneys, the ureters, the bladder and the urethra. It is not painful and is tolerated very easily. There is a preparation for the exam. They usually want you to drink quite a bit and not urinate until after the exam. Then they ultrasound the bladder once it is emptied as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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What exactly are the renal ultrasound limitations in the evaluation of urinary tract?

What exactly are the renal ultrasound limitations in the evaluation of urinary tract?

Not pyelonephritis: Renal ultrasound can not detect pyelonephritis unless there is appreciable swelling of part or all of the kidney. It is excellent for demonstrating kidney cysts, hydronephrosis or kidney obstruction. Will demonstrate large and obstructing kidney stones but can and will miss small kidney stones smaller especially smaller than 3mm. ...Read more

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Renal ultrasound for a urinary tract infection - should you wait until the infection has cleared?

Renal ultrasound for a urinary tract infection - should you wait until the infection has cleared?

No need: Can be performed during an active uti. Will need to be repeated if ultrasound demonstrates kidney abnormalities. ...Read more

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What exactly is a renal ultrasound study?

What exactly is a renal ultrasound study?

Using sound waves : Renal us uses sound waves to pass through the tissues to make black and white images of the kidney tissue and urinary bladder. It is painless and uses no dye. It takes about 20 minutes to perform and is interpretted by a licsenced doctor called a radiologist. ...Read more

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How does a renal artery ultrasound work exactly?

How does a renal artery ultrasound work exactly?

See below: Renal artery ultrasound is using a special probe with the ultrasound machine to detect blood flow, and blockage if any in the artery. Ultrasound employ high frequency sound waves which bounce of structures within the abdomen in this case and are converted into a picture for analysis.It is my opinion that this is not a very sensitive test for native kidneys and I do not use it. ...Read more

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What exactly is renal stenosis ultrasound?

What exactly is renal stenosis ultrasound?

Renal ultrasound: Renal artery ultrasound is called "renal duplex" which originally combined B-mode ultrasound to image the renal arteries with a pulsed Doppler to sample the velocity of blood flow in the artery. Now color Doppler and other extras are available. If renal velocity>200cm/sec artery likely abnormal. If RAR (ratio of renal velocity over aortic velocity) >3.5 likely 60% stenosis present. Accuracy good. ...Read more

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Why exactly would I need a 'renal ultrasound' for high blood pressure at 21?

Why exactly would I need a 'renal ultrasound' for high blood pressure at 21?

It is indicated: As having high blood pressure is clearly abnormal in a 21 year old. Your doctor will order blood tests and kidney imaging to rule out secondary causes of hypertension. ...Read more

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Are ultrasound measurements of renal length in adults reliable?

Yes: If done correctly by a good technician and an average taken of many readings, the ultrasound is a good tool. ...Read more

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What will a renal ultrasound show?

What will a renal ultrasound show?

Anatomy: The ultrasound will confirm you have 2 kidneys, that they are normal size, that there are no cysts, tumors, or stones, and that they are not obstructed. A renal doppler is used to confirm that the renal artery blood flow isn't restricted. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Rudnick
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