Renal Tracts Ultrasound

Written referral by GP or Consultant

Patient Identification

The examination radiologist must check the identity of the patient immediately prior to the scan.

The scan will enable the radiologist to see internal organs of the body like the kidneys, bladder and prostate (if male patient)

Patient must drink a litre of non-carbonated fluid 1 hour before the scan

Clean tidy room with couch roll, ultrasound gel and gloves

Patient is lying supine on table.  Patient covered with a couch roll, ultrasound gel is placed on patient body and the probe is used to scan the abdomen and lower abdomen. The scan takes about 15-20 minutes, the probe is cleaned and disinfected after the scan and before reuse

The patient is told the scan is finished and given tissue to clean themselves and then helped down from the table.  Washing facilities are made available.  No other special aftercare is needed.

Scan findings are communicated with the patient and the report will be faxed to the GP the next working day.

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