PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How are imaging tests used to diagnose kidney stones?

ANSWER

There are several ways your doctor can test for kidney stones. Imaging tests are one. Doctors have various ways of peeking inside your body to see what’s going on. They might try:

If you have a kidney stone, these tests can help tell your doctor how big it is and exactly where it’s located.

You don’t need to do anything to prepare for an imaging test. You may be told to drink more fluids to help pass the stone.

  • X-rays. They can find some stones, but little ones might not show up.
  • CT scans. A more in-depth type of scan is called computed tomography, or CT scan. A CT scan is a special kind of X-ray. The equipment takes pictures from several angles. A computer then puts all the X-rays together into more detailed images than standard X-rays can give you. A CT scan is often used in emergencies, because it gives such clear and quick images to help doctors make a fast diagnosis.
  • Ultrasound. This test uses sound waves to create pictures of your insides.

From: How Do I Know If I Have a Kidney Stone? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney stones: Symptoms,” “Preparing for Your Appointment,” “Tests and Diagnosis.”

Urology Care Foundation: “How are Kidney Stones Diagnosed?” “How are Kidney Stones Treated?”

Beaumont Health System: “Diagnosing Kidney and Ureteral Stones.”

RadiologyInfo.org: “General Ultrasound.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney stones: Symptoms,” “Preparing for Your Appointment,” “Tests and Diagnosis.”

Urology Care Foundation: “How are Kidney Stones Diagnosed?” “How are Kidney Stones Treated?”

Beaumont Health System: “Diagnosing Kidney and Ureteral Stones.”

RadiologyInfo.org: “General Ultrasound.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

How are blood tests used to diagnose kidney stones?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: