The place of ultrasound in renal medicine

Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl. 2006 Dec;17(4):540-8.


Today, ultrasound is one of the most commonly used diagnostic tools, the reasons being that it is non-invasive, reliable, widely available, and affordable. In this paper, we review the place of ultrasound in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with kidney diseases. We briefly discuss a wide range of kidney diseases for which ultrasound imaging is still performed as one of the initial steps of diagnosis. To achieve this, five following categories are addressed: congenital anomalies of the kidney; renal cystic diseases; renal infections; kidney stones; and kidney tumors. The sonographic findings of these diseases are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Kidney / abnormalities*
  • Kidney / anatomy & histology
  • Kidney / diagnostic imaging*
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Polycystic Kidney, Autosomal Dominant / diagnostic imaging
  • Pyelonephritis / diagnostic imaging
  • Ultrasonography / trends*
  • Urologic Diseases / diagnostic imaging*