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Renal Scan

Kidney Ultrasound

Renal Scan
  • Rule out renal & bladder conditions
  • Diagnose kidney problems
  • Detect signs of chronic kidney disease
Pricing From £130
Consultation duration 30 minutes
Professional Sonographer
Next Steps Book ultrasound
Results Same-day report
A renal ultrasound scan is a non-invasive way of examining the health of your kidneys and gallbladder, allowing sonographers to examine the organ’s condition, shape, size and location.A kidney ultrasound can detect tumours, cysts, abscesses and infections within or around the kidneys.

What to expect

The process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The sonographer will ask you to lie down on the examination table. Once you’re comfortable, a gel will be applied to the kidney area, which helps to send sound waves from a probe.

The ultrasound technology encompasses a microphone that gives off sound waves. These waves bounce off the kidney and gallbladder and are picked up by the microphone. A computer is linked to the microphone, allowing your sonographer to see the sound waves on a screen. This gives a clear picture of the internal structure of the kidneys and gallbladder.

When your sonographer examines the quality of the blood flow to your kidneys, it’s normal to hear a ‘swooshing’ sound. You may also feel a little pressure as your sonographer moves the ultrasound probe over the area where your kidneys sit. Once the procedure is over, there’s no recovery period needed.

You will receive a same-day report outlining the findings of your renal ultrasound scan.

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Kidney-related symptoms

Several symptoms could suggest your kidney function is impaired including:

  • Pain when you pass urine.
  • Cloudy urine.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Itchy skin.
  • Swollen ankles, feet and hands (due to water retention).
  • Increased need to pee during the night.
  • Muscle fatigue.

We may perform a blood test prior to a renal ultrasound scan to identify if these symptoms are associated with kidney problems as opposed to other organs and functions in the body.

Treating renal-related symptoms & health problems

Once we have a picture of your kidney health, your sonographer can advise you on the next steps to treat and manage any problems and symptoms. You may also be sent for further tests.

The main treatments for kidney problems are:

  • Medication to control conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol (which can both cause kidney problems).
  • Lifestyle changes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you prepare for a kidney ultrasound?

Very little preparation is needed before the ultrasound. You will need to drink 700ml water an hour or more before the procedure. No fasting is necessary.

What is the most common indication for a renal ultrasound?

We may recommend a renal ultrasound if we believe you are suffering from the following:

  • Kidney stones.
  • An infection or blockage.
  • A cyst or tumour.
  • A build-up of fluid.
  • An abscess.
Can a renal ultrasound detect kidney failure?

Yes. As kidney failure changes the shape and size of the kidneys, the scan will identify advanced damage and kidney failure immediately. When both kidneys are less than 6cm in length, this is classed as kidney failure.

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