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What is involved exactly in a pediatric renal tract ultrasound?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Annette St. Pierre-MacKoul
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Dr. Robin Larabee
For young children, the requirement to not "pee" until after the test is ideal, but not necessary
Dr. Pratip Nag
Pediatrics
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In brief: It's non invasive
An ultrasound is a non-invasive and non painful procedure.
An example of an ultrasound use is when doctors and parents see babies during pregnancy. Gel is applied to the belly, back, and side of the belly and a probe glides on top of the gel to look at the kidneys. It takes about 1/2 hr to do the study based on how cooperative the child is.

In brief: It's non invasive
An ultrasound is a non-invasive and non painful procedure.
An example of an ultrasound use is when doctors and parents see babies during pregnancy. Gel is applied to the belly, back, and side of the belly and a probe glides on top of the gel to look at the kidneys. It takes about 1/2 hr to do the study based on how cooperative the child is.
Dr. Pratip Nag
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