Renal Ultrasound: All you need to know

    26th Jul 2017
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    According to health experts, the number of people suffering from renal diseases in India has doubled in the past 15 years. As of 2016, every hundredth citizen in India suffers from a kidney ailment. Early diagnosis is the best way to keep an aliment from escalating to graver levels. In the case of chronic kidney aliments, Renal Ultrasound can help with an early detection of a problem and can provide a scope for early treatment.

    What is Renal Ultrasound used for?

    A renal ultrasound is used to evaluate the urinary tract, kidneys, ureters, and the urinary bladder. In the male patient it can also be used to check the prostate gland and seminal vesicles. Ultrasound can detect cysts, tumors, abscesses, obstructions, fluid collection, and infection within or around the kidneys. Calculi (stones) of the kidneys and ureters may be detected by ultrasound.

    How does it work?

    The ultra sound sends waves using a transducer that cannot be heard. The sound of the waves bounces of the organs like resembling an echo and then returns back to the transducer. These waves are then converted into an image of the organ or the tissues being examined by the computer.

    How to prepare for a renal ultrasound?

    There are certain protocols taken before and while taking the ultrasound test:

    • Remove jewelry clothes or any other things that might interfere with the scan

    • You are dressed in a flowy and comfortable gown

    • You will be asked to your lie down on your stomach and the ultrasound gel is applied to your body

    • The Transducer, the device which sends ultrasound wanes will be sent into the patient’s body

    • The sound waves will reflect the images of your organs and these will be stored digitally to undergo examination

    This procedure is comfortable, painless and convenient. It can aid you with early diagnosis and can help avoid severe kidney ailments. 

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