Renal Ultrasound

(Kidneys, Ureters, and Bladder) A renal ultrasound is a safe and painless test that uses sound waves to make images of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.  The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located toward the back of the abdominal cavity, just above the waist.  They remove waste products from the blood and produce urine.  The ureters are thin tubes that carry the urine from the kidneys to the bladder.  

Preparation:  A full bladder is essential for this exam.  If the instructions are not followed another appointment will have to be made.  You can eat regular meals one and a half hours before your appointment.  Drink 32 oz. or four large glasses of water.  Do Not go to the washroom until after your examination.