RADIOLOGY TESTING

Renal and Bladder Ultrasound

A renal and bladder ultrasound is an imaging study that allows us to evaluate the size, location, number and appearance of your child’s kidneys as well as the appearance of your child’s bladder. It is a non-invasive test and should not cause your child discomfort.

During the test: Your child will be positioned on his/her back and side during the test. Lubrication jelly well be placed on your child’s abdomen, flank (lower back) and above the pubic bone and a transducer will be placed in contact with your child. This transducer will send ultrasound waves through the body to allow imaging of the internal organs. There is no ionizing radiation in an ultrasound and it is very safe.

Nuclear Renal Scan

A renal scan is a test that records how efficiently the kidneys fill and drain. This test helps to determine how well your child’s kidneys are functioning.

During the test: Your child will be positioned on his/her back during the test. An intravenous line (I.V.) will be started by the nurse or doctor. It may be necessary for a urinary catheter to be inserted through the urethra into the bladder. This may cause some discomfort and may result in your child feeling that he/she has to urinate. The radiologist will inject contrast material through the I.V. line which will allow the scanner to take pictures of the kidneys filling and then emptying. The test takes about 1.5 hours and the radiologist may need to take additional films one hour later.

Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG)

A voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) is a test that determines if your child has vesicoureteral reflux or if there is an obstruction at the opening (bladder neck) of the bladder.

During the test: Your child will be positioned on his/her back during the test. A small catheter will be inserted through the urethra into the bladder. This may cause your child some discomfort and may result in your child feeling that he/she has to urinate. The bladder will be filled with a clear liquid (contrast material). During filling the radiologist will obtain images of the bladder. If your child is not toilet trained he/she should void spontaneously. If your child is toilet trained, he/she will be asked to void at the end of the study.

On the day of the tests:

Please report to the Radiology Department or the Nuclear Medicine Department at your scheduled time. Bring your insurance information with you. If your child has had any previous radiologic studies and they are in your possession, bring them with you, as the radiologist may want to review them, even if these studies were performed by a different radiology group. Parents may be allowed to stay in the room during the test. You must tell the radiologist or technician if you are pregnant. If your child is ill on the day he/she is scheduled to have this test, you may need to reschedule. If you do have to reschedule please contact our office as well.

Office visit:

If you have a scheduled appointment with our office that is to take place after the test, please wait for the films and bring them with you.

If you do not have a scheduled appointment please call our office for an appointment to review the films. Please sign out these films and bring them with you for your next visit.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING THE ACTUAL X-RAYS TO THE OFFICE VISIT. WE WILL NOT GET FILMS NOR WILL THE RADIOLOGISTS SEND US FILMS.