anchorage kidney sonogram

KIDNEYS (RENAL) SONOGRAM

This procedure examines the kidneys, bladder and ureters.

Several Common Indications for the Exam:

  • Flank Pain
  • Suspected kidney stone
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Hematuria (blood in urine)
  • Abnormal blood tests

What to Expect

You will be given an examination gown and asked to undress from the waist up. While lying flat on the exam table with your abdomen exposed a warm gel will be placed on your skin. The sonographer will then position an ultrasound transducer on your abdomen and use varied amounts of pressure to obtain the desired images. You will be asked to roll from side to side and breathe deeply, holding your breath while images are being recorded.

Exam Preparation

Begin drinking 24 oz of WATER one and a half hours before your scheduled appointment time. Finish drinking within 30 minutes (one hour before your appointment) and do not empty your bladder until the procedure has been completed. Example: If your appointment is at 2:00, begin drinking 24oz of water at 12:30, and have it finished by 1:00. If your bladder becomes unbearably full while waiting for your exam, it is ok to partially empty your bladder to relieve pressure.

Test Results

In emergent cases, or if requested by your referring provider, a preliminary report of findings will be provided immediately following the examination. Final reports are typically available in the morning of the next business day.