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    Kidney Stone Analysis

    What To Think About

    • About 80% of kidney stones in the ureters can be seen on an X-ray.
    • A computed tomography (CT) scan of the ureters and kidneys (also called a CT urogram) is the most common way to find kidney stones. To learn more, see the topic CT Scan of the Body.
    • Ultrasound may also be used to find kidney stones. To learn more, see the topic Abdominal Ultrasound.
    • Another test that can be done to find a kidney stone is intravenous pyelogram (IVP). During IVP, a dye is put into a vein in your arm. As the dye moves to the kidneys, X-rays are taken to watch the movement of the dye and see where a stone may be. To learn more, see the topic Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP).
    • Most kidney stones have calcium in them. A low-calcium diet does not often prevent stones from forming. To learn more about lowering your chance for a kidney stone, see the topic Kidney Stones.
    • Knowing the type of kidney stone helps guide the best treatment choice.

    Related Information

    Citations

    1. Parmar MS (2004). Kidney stones. BMJ, 328(7453): 1420-1424.

    Other Works Consulted

    • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

    • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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