What it’s Like to Get a Kidney Stone Ultrasound

What it’s Like to Get a Kidney Stone Ultrasound


“The kidneys filter, actually, your whole body. Take all of the blood from your body all the
time and are constantly cleaning it and extracting waste products, which they excrete as urine
and then giving back the blood to go back to the heart.” “Most patients who have kidney stones, have
a few different types of symptoms. Most commonly would be what we call, flank
pain, which is pain kind of deep in your back, that’s where your kidneys live, on either
side. And they would often have a pain, maybe a
sharp pain or it could be a deep dull ache. Also, commonly patients will have blood in
their urine if they have kidney stones.” “The exam is very easy, there is no preparation
at all. The patient lies on a table, either on their
back or on their belly or on their side. And the technologist takes a machine with
a little bit of gel on for lubrication and scans over the patient’s side or back to
look at the kidneys.” “That allows us to see inside their body in
real time, if they have these growths, these stones, within the kidneys.” “At some time if they become symptomatic, they
may need to be on a certain diet to help them pass, all the way up to, depending if they
are big or block up the kidney, even to have them surgically removed. So these are extremely simple tests. They don’t have any needles, they just sit
on a table and someone kind of pseudo massages them almost and that’s it. That’s really it. They’re really, worldwide the most common
exams, anywhere.”

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