Renal Scan

Ultrasound for kidneys – assessment of the renal tract (€140)

A renal ultrasound scan serves to image the organs of the renal tract – this includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and prostate (in males). It is a quick, non-invasive way of confirming or excluding certain pathology in relation to the renal tract. In most cases, your doctor will combine blood tests and urinalysis with this examination in order to come to a more accurate diagnosis.

This scan examines

  • The Kidneys
  • The Adrenals (in young children)
  • The Ureters (if dilated)
  • The Bladder
  • The Prostate (in males)

Typical requests include

  • Query cause for recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Query stone
  • Query mass
  • Abnormal renal function tests
  • Query congenital abnormality

How to prepare for a renal ultrasound

The patient is required to have a full bladder for a renal ultrasound. The bladder will be emptied half-way through the ultrasound to confirm that the bladder is emptying properly.

What to expect from a renal ultrasound?

Ultrasound gel is placed on the patient’s abdomen and the organs are scanned with an ultrasound probe. The organs of interest are examined and multiple images of them are taken for analysis by a consultant radiologist. The results of the scan will be sent to the patient’s referring doctor within 48 hours of the examination being carried out.

How long does a renal ultrasound examination last?

The examination lasts approximately 20 minutes.