If you have problems with your urinary systems, your urologist (a doctor who’s an expert in treating conditions of the urinary system) may order an ultrasound of your kidneys and bladder to check their size, shape and location.
An ultrasound is a safe, painless test. It uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of body organs and tissue.
During the examination, a sonographer will apply a warm gel to a transducer (a hand-held ultrasound instrument) and gently rub the transducer across your stomach area to produce an image. The sonographer takes pictures of these images that your doctor can then review.
You and your urologist will discuss the results of your ultrasound examination.
Your physician or another staff member will tell you special preparations for this test.
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This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team.