Would some type of imaging be needed during a primary care visit to check the progress of a kidney stone?
Ultrasound. Ultrasound is best - no radiation.
Ultrasound or CT. Ultrasound will demonstrate presence or absence of hydronephrosis (swelling of surine collecting arrea within kidney) without radiation. However ct is better to determine size of kidnet stone ; hence likelihood of spontaneous passage if small enough. Us can then be used to follow to see if obsruction is present ;/or increasing or decreasing. Persistence ; severity of kidney stone pain is useful.
Depends. If you are still having pain, you could be imaged with ultrasound to see if the kidney is dilated (indicating obstruction). A ct is more accurate at locating the stone, but it uses radiation and should be avoided if possible. Urine analysis could identify blood in the urine if the stone is still present.