Ultrasound Kidney Ureter Bladder
Kidneys are part of your urinary tract (renal tract), which also includes a pair of ureters that carry urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder for storage and release. In ultrasound KUB (kidney, ureter, bladder) sound waves are transmitted through a transducer placed over the skin to visualize kidneys, ureters, and urinary bladder through images displayed on the attached computer. Ultrasound KUB is used to assess these structures for abnormalities.
Why and when do you need this test?
Your doctor may advise an ultrasound KUB if you have signs and symptoms of renal disease or further to evaluate the abnormal findings on blood or urine report. Some of the indications for an Ultrasound KUB include;
- Pain in the flank region
- Problems with urination (pain, leakage, or difficulty passing urine)
- Presence of blood in the urine
- To evaluate the findings (tenderness or swelling) on a physical examination
- To look for stones or cysts
- Suspicion of masses, tumors, and abscesses in the urinary tract organs.
- To take a biopsy of kidneys or bladder under ultrasound guidance
- To insert the drainage tube
- To evaluate the size and structure of kidneys
- To find out the reason for recurrent urinary tract infection
- In cases of trauma to the flank region or abdomen
Do you need to prepare for the test?
You may need to take care of a few things to make this test a success;
- You will be guided about water drinking and peeing by your doctor. You may need a filled bladder.
- Wear comfortable dressing to expose the parts when asked.
- Take your medicines as guided by your doctor.
What can you expect?
- In the room designated for ultrasound, there will be a bed to lie down for you.
- The technologist would put some gel on your abdominal and flank skin.
- The doctor will then put a transducer probe which looks like a microphone, over the gel.
- The transducer will transmit sound waves to the body and back from the body to the computer to form images.
- The technologist may request you to roll on your side during the procedure.
- Although it’s a painless procedure, you may feel pain if the area is tender.
- After the exam, you may return to daily activities normally.
- This procedure may take about 20-30 minutes.
Are there any risks to this test?
Ultrasound is a non-invasive test that does not use X- rays, so it is usually safe and has no risks.
What do the test results mean?
The abnormal results may include;
- Scarred small kidneys
- Kidney stones
- Cysts or masses in the kidney
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Structural defects of the urinary tract organs
Other related tests may include:
- Intravenous pyelography
- CT scan of the kidney
- MRI scan of the kidney
Frequently ordered together
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CT Abdomen without Contrast
CT Abdomen Pelvis with Contrast
Ultrasound Bladder-Prostate Pre and Post-Void
CT Abdomen And Pelvis with & without Contrast
Ultrasound Abdomen Complete
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