Renal artery ultrasound is an abdominal ultrasound of that focuses on the kidneys and arteries that supply the kidneys.
Through a hand-held transducer and gel applied directly on your skin, ultrasound uses non-radiation sound wave technology to create an echo image of the organs and vessels in your body.
A renal artery ultrasound is usually performed to assess the blood flow in the renal arteries to review if there is any fibrosis or build up of plaque.
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Prior to a renal artery ultrasound you will need to fast for at least 5 hours. No food, drink (except small sips of water to take medications), chewing gum or smoking.
You might want to consider wearing a loose and comfortable two-piece outfit. Your abdomen will need to be exposed for this procedure.
During renal artery ultrasound you will be asked to lie on your back, front and side.
The ultrasound transducer will be run over your abdomen and lower back.
Renal artery ultrasound usually takes about an hour.
A renal artery ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure so you can return immediately to your usual everyday activities.
Your renal artery ultrasound results will be reviewed and the report will be sent to your referring doctor. It is best to make an appointment with them to follow up on the results.