The Urinary Tract Ultrasound Scan
Urinary tract or water works problems are very common affecting both sexes. Kidney stones can cause immerse pain and blood in the urine. Kidney stones can cause pain and also stop the kidneys from draining in the bladder by blocking the ureters resulting in what is called hydronephrosis. If renal hydronephrosis is left untreated can result in scaring and other significant problems with your kidneys. Bladder problems are also very common. In men, bladder problems can be associated with enlarged prostate. In women can be amongst other causes, result of uterine fibroids that press on the bladder. In ideal circumstances diagnosis and proper treatment/management of the symptoms should be accomplished as soon as possible but the long NHS waiting lists can cause unnecessary pain and distress. This why our clients take control of their health and choose a private ultrasound scan with us.
What is the purpose of this scan?
The Urinary Tract scan includes evaluation of:
Reasons for having a urinary tract scan include:
- Pain in the kidney region
- Blood in the urine
- Bladder issues
- Urinary tract infection
- Abnormal kidney function
- Family history of kidney disease
- Abnormal Blood Tests
- Detect many tumours & cancers
- Detect Stones
- Detect water retention (Hydronephrosis)
- Urinary Incontinence
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
What is included with this scan?
- Ultrasound report and if needed, a follow up recommendation.
For this scan you need to have full bladder and it is therefore required that you drink 1lt (2 pints of water) 1 hr before the scan.
What should I expect during the ultrasound scan?
Before the scan our sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to lie on the examination couch exposed part of your abdomen. We will put a little bit of gel on your skin and a small ultrasound probe will be used to obtain images of your internal organs.
During and after the examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.
Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.
It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.
The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the image on the screen.
There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.
Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.