Renal Artery Duplex Scan

A renal artery ultrasound allows visualization of the arteries to the kidneys located in the abdominal area. This evaluation detects any blockage or narrowing and also measures the speed of blood flow through these arteries. This test also includes on evaluation of the abdominal aorta.

Pre and post instructions

Pre instructions:

  • Nothing by mouth after mid night. You may take your medications with sips of water the morning of test.
  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound. An open necked shirt or blouse is ideal. You will need to remove all clothing in the area to be examined

Post procedure:

  • There are no post instructions

What to expect:

For most ultrasound exams, you are laying face-up on an exam table. A gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The technologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area to be examined. The test usually takes about 30 minutes.
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