Ultrasound-Guided Renal Access for Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy: A Description of Three Novel Ultrasound-Guided Needle Techniques

J Endourol. 2016 Feb;30(2):153-8. doi: 10.1089/end.2015.0185.


Ultrasound-guided renal access for percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a safe, effective, and low-cost procedure commonly performed worldwide, but a technique underutilized by urologists in the United States. The purpose of this article is to familiarize the practicing urologist with methods for ultrasound guidance for percutaneous renal access. We discuss two alternative techniques for gaining renal access for PCNL under ultrasound guidance. We also describe a novel technique of using the puncture needle to reposition residual stone fragments to avoid additional tract dilation. With appropriate training, ultrasound-guided renal access for PCNL can lead to reduced radiation exposure, accurate renal access, and excellent stone-free success rates and clinical outcomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Kidney / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney / surgery*
  • Kidney Calculi / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney Calculi / surgery*
  • Needles
  • Nephrostomy, Percutaneous / methods*
  • Punctures / methods
  • Radiation Exposure
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Ultrasonography