Describe an ultrasound procedure for kidney stones?

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.

Related Questions

Are kidney stones not able to be seen in ultrasounds?

Kidney stones. While kidney stones often are seen on renal ultrasound, it is a rather vague image at best. Most urologists rely on ct scans or ivp x-rays to identify and assess stones within the kidney or ureter. Read more...

Do ultrasounds ever miss kidney stones?

Yes frequently. Small stones can easily be missed, by any ultrasound machine especially by office ultrasound machines. Spiral ct scan is the most reliable imaging tool for small kidney stones. Flank pain & microscopic blood in urine are frequently good clues to presence of stones. Good news is that small kidney stones usually pass spontaneously & require no intervention. Read more...

Can kidney stones be found with an ultrasound?

Yes. Ultrasound may not see the stone well but may see swelling in the tube (ureter) where a stone has clogged up the drain. A cat scan (ct) is usually the preferred test to better see the stones. But, unlike ultrasound exposes you to some radiation. Read more...

So are kidney stones fairly obvious on an ultrasound?

Ultrasound kid stone. 46F US asks "So are kidney stones fairly obvious on an ultrasound?" ANS: No. Most are too small but if the are blooking one or both kidneys that may be see. CT sees stones better. Read more...