Renal Ultrasound scan (Kidney and Bladder)

The most common reason for a renal ultrasound scan is loin pain. Renal ultrasound scans can be used to diagnose a variety of medical problems including:

  • Kidney Stones
  • Cysts
  • Tumours
  • Problems with the prostate gland
  • Effects of infection
  • Effects of trauma on the kidneys and bladder

How should I prepare?

For this scan you may be asked to attend with a full bladder allowing the consultant to get a better picture.

What will happen during the examination?

A warm, water-based gel will be applied to the examination area and the radiologist or Sonographer will then press the ultrasound probe firmly against the body moving it around allowing them to capture clear images of the examination area. You may also be requested to empty your bladder half way through the ultrasound scan so the amount of urine in the bladder can be measured before and after urination.

The procedure is non-invasive and painless. There are no known harmful effects to the body from ultrasound scanning.