Renal ultrasound

Joel P. Thompson, Shweta Bhatt

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Ultrasound may be used for the detection and assessment of a wide variety of renal pathology. Familiarization with the appearance of common renal pseudotumors is key for differentiating these mimics from renal neoplasms. Ultrasound is useful in the setting of medical renal disease for excluding obstructive uropathy, with identification of obstructing calculi aided by creating the twinkle artifact. Renal neoplasms may be detected on renal ultrasound, which is particularly good at demonstrating renal vein involvement. Although CT and MR imaging are often used to characterize lesions, contrast-enhanced ultrasound is emerging as an alternative imaging modality. Lastly, Doppler ultrasound is useful for the identification of renovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-681
Number of pages29
JournalUltrasound Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Renal cyst
  • Renal pathology
  • Renal pseudotumor
  • Renal tumor
  • Renovascular hypertension
  • Renovascular pathology
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Thompson, J. P., & Bhatt, S. (2014). Renal ultrasound. Ultrasound Clinics, 9(4), 653-681.