Renal Ultrasound

Your ultrasound will assess the kidneys, bladder and other pelvic structures like prostate in men and uterus/ovaries in women.

Your preparation requirements

You will be required to drink 1 litre of water one hour prior to your examination. This allows the bladder to fill and helps to visualise the bladder and other structures of the pelvis. Do not go to the toilet once you have commenced drinking the water. If you feel as though you may struggle to hold onto the water, you can come to Sound Radiology prior to your scan to drink the water here.

What to expect

Our ultrasound rooms are dimly lit to reduce the amount of ‘glare’ on our ultrasound monitors. You may be asked to change into a patient gown so that we can easily access your abdomen and asked to lie on our ultrasound bed. A warm gel is applied to your tummy which enables us to send the sound waves through the skin to form the image.

A series of pictures are taken to document your kidneys, bladder and pelvic organs. This may require you told hold your breath at stages and to also roll in to certain positions. It is always important to let the Sonographer (ultrasound operator) know if they are near the tender areas or areas of concern. This helps to center the examination over the points of interest. You will be asked to empty your bladder and further pictures may be required.

Our Radiologist will then review the ultrasound images to make sure that the examination is of the highest quality. Sometimes the Radiologist will come into the ultrasound room to see your scan in ‘real time’.

Allow up to 45 minutes for your examination.

If you are having a renal ultrasound, please see our checklist below.