1. Ultrasound Indications and preparations

Renal Ultrasound Indications

  • Unilateral flank pain, low back pain, lower abdominal pain, or groin pain
  • Undifferentiated abdominal, flank, groin, or genital pain
  • Dysuria (pain with urination)
  • Hematuria
  • Anuria or Oliguria (decreased urinary output)
  • Urinary incontinence or problems voiding

Renal Ultrasound Preparation

Patient Preparation

  • The patient will lie supine.
  • If you are having difficulty getting views you can have the patient sit up and scan posteriorly or have them lay in the left/right lateral decubitus positions.

Ultrasound Machine Preparation

  • Transducer: Curvilinear Ultrasound Probe or Phased Array Probe.
  • Preset: Abdominal or Renal
  • Machine Placement: Place the machine on the patient’s right side so you can scan with your right hand and manipulate ultrasound buttons with your left hand.
Renal Ultrasound Patient and Machine Positioning