Renal ultrasound is a diagnostic study that images the kidney with specialized sound waves.
- Urinary retention
- Neurogenic bladder
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- History of complex urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Renal insufficiency
- Evaluation of kidney growth and size
While the patient lies on an exam table, an ultrasound probe is placed against the abdomen along with a special gel that helps transmit sound waves. Images are made of both kidneys, but not the other organs in the abdomen. The entire procedure only takes a few minutes.