Renal Ultrasound | Bladder Ultrasound
A Renal Ultrasound and Bladder Ultrasound helps in the evaluation, function, size and appearance of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder. By using high frequency transducers and ultrasound gel we can help evaluate signs of renal and bladder pathology and disorders.
Ever noticed discoloration in the urine? Have you experienced lower back pain? Most people don’t realize that the kidneys are positioned at the lower area of a person's back and sometimes sharp shooting pain in the flank or the back can be a result of kidney stones.
Function of The Kidneys
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, located on both right and left side of the spine and help flush harmful toxins and waste from the body. Certain kidney conditions, cysts, kidney stones, can interfere with the overall function of the kidneys.
Function of The Bladder
A muscular pouch which connects to the kidneys and helps with the excretion of urine. The bladders function is to hold and collect urinary fluids and toxins from both kidneys before release by the process of urination. However bladder masses, uterine or prostate enlargement and bladder wall defects can reduce the function of bladder by not voiding the toxins from the body.
Indications for Kidney and Bladder Ultrasound:
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- History of renal disease
- Elevated protein in the urine
- Frequent urination
- Lower back and side Pain
- Urinary tract infection
Renal Doppler Ultrasound
Doppler ultrasound of the kidney is key tool to evaluate blood flow within the kidney. This organ consists of one renal artery, renal vein and tiny arteries and veins that supply nutrients to the kidney. The kidneys main blood supply comes via the abdominal aorta. Renal doppler ultrasound can diagnose renal artery stenosis and other conditions associated with hypertension and other renal abnormalities.
Patients with a history of uncontrolled hypertension, renal artery stenosis, renal insufficiency or who are on dialysis should have a doppler ultrasound of the kidneys to evaluate kidney function and to avoid chronic kidney disease or renal failure.
Renal Artery Ultrasound Preparation
Renal ultrasound testing requires that the patient has a full bladder in order to better visualize the bladder wall thickness, ureteral jets filling the bladder, and to help rule out any unspecified mass that can be seen. However, to better visualize the arteries, patients will be asked to come in fasting s prior to testing to obtain accurate velocities within the vessels being examined.
Benefit of Renal and Bladder Ultrasound
Is the safest way to diagnose pathology within the renal and bladder systems. Ultrasound provides us with accurate measurements, contour and overall appearance of the organ in real time. Through this type of examination we can determine the overall function of the urinary system without the exposure to contrast agents or radiation.