You must be fasting 6 to 8 hours before your test. Below is some information regarding your test.
- To detect a mass, cyst, kidney stone, or other obstruction in the kidney.
- To determine kidney size and shape.
- To locate the kidney during a kidney biopsy.
- To determine circulation in the renal arteries and veins by the use of a Doppler monitor. This variation does not alter the test from the patient’s standpoint but yields additional information.
How it works:
A transducer passed over your kidneys emits sound waves that, like sonar, bounce off your kidney, transmitting a picture of the organ that can be displayed on a video screen.
- You will need to fast 6 to 8 hours before your ultrasound (water is permitted).
- You disrobe and don a hospital gown.
- A water-soluble gel is applied to the skin on your torso as a medium for the transducer (see below).
- You lie on an examining table while a transducer, a handheld unit that emits sound waves, is passed over the skin above your kidneys.
- A video screen shows the images, which are assessed or photographed for later assessment.