Private Kidney &
Urinary Tract Ultrasound

A kidney and bladder ultrasound are also known as a urinary tract ultrasound. Is a scan of the kidneys, ureters and bladder. It can help in the detection of cysts, tumours, abscesses, obstructions, fluid collection, and infection within or around the kidneys.

Scans performed by Specialist Doctors feel confident in the care you receive and gain peace of mind with Same-Day Results & Tailored Advice.


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One-to-One Specialist Doctor Appointment

Feel confident in the care you receive. Our specialists can interpret your scan and provide comprehensive advice if necessary.

No Referral Required

You do not require a referral before booking an appointment with our clinic — giving you back complete control of your health.

Same-Day Results

We aim to provide results to you on the day of your visit. Our specialists will explain their findings during your ultrasound examination.

Full Digital Report

Following your appointment, a complete digital report of your Ultrasound examination will be emailed to you directly and securely.

High-Res Digital Images

In addition to the report, images of your scan will be sent for you to share with a healthcare specialist of your choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your kidneys are part of your urinary tract – which is made up additionally to include the urinary bladder and the tubes that connect these organs (the urethra and ureters).

A kidney and bladder ultrasound are also known as a urinary tract ultrasound. Is a scan of the kidneys, ureters and bladder, and sometimes the prostate too.

A kidney ultrasound may be used to assess the size, location, and shape of the kidneys and related structures, such as the ureters and bladder.

An ultrasound can help in the detection of cysts, tumours, abscesses, obstructions, fluid collection, and infection within or around the kidneys. Calculi (stones) of the kidneys and ureters may be detected by ultrasound.

A kidney urinary tract ultrasound may be also be performed to assist in the placement of needles used to biopsy (obtain a tissue sample) the kidneys, to drain fluid from a cyst or abscess, or to place a drainage tube.

This procedure can be used to determine blood flow to the kidneys through the renal arteries and veins.

A urinary tract ultrasound may be recommended for people with:

Flank pain – While many things can cause pain in the flank (around the lower back area), it is also possible that damaged kidneys or the presence of kidney stones are causing it.

An ultrasound can accurately locate the kidneys and assess its overall condition.

Changes in urine – One of the tell-tale signs of a kidney problem is a change in the urine.

A kidney ultrasound may be recommended if the patient is passing too little urine even if the bladder feels full or if the patient urinates little amounts more frequently.

This procedure is also performed when the urine contains blood.

High creatinine – Creatinine, which comes from creatine, a molecule used by muscles to produce energy, can be measured by a blood test.

If creatinine is outside the normal range, it may indicate a problem with the kidneys.

Kidney disease – Tumours and cysts can develop in the kidneys resulting in acute or chronic conditions. Some people also acquire hereditary kidney disorders such as polycystic kidney disease, which can also be detected on ultrasound.

Transplanted kidneys – Kidney transplant is one of the most common surgeries carried out around the world. New kidneys should be constantly monitored since they are vulnerable to rejection or disease.

Since the procedure is non-invasive, it is safe and not painful. Depending on the results of the exam, the diagnosing doctor may request additional tests to confirm a diagnosis or formulate an individualised treatment plan.

Symptoms of a bladder infection are urgency and frequency in using the bathroom and burning with urination, while symptoms of a kidney infection are much more severe and include:

  • Fever and chills (flu-like symptoms)
  • Back, side (flank) or groin pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • Burning sensation or pain when urinating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pus or blood in your urine (haematuria)
  • Urine that smells bad or is cloudy

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have worrisome signs or symptoms listed on this page.

If you’re being treated for a urinary tract infection but your signs and symptoms aren’t improving, make an appointment.

Severe kidney issues can lead to life-threatening complications. Seek immediate medical attention if you have kidney symptoms combined with bloody urine or nausea and vomiting.

Urinary tract (or renal) ultrasounds are a reliable, safe and painless procedure to identify certain types of kidney and bladder issues such as:

  • Signs of infection
  • Kidney size
  • Signs of injury to the kidneys
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Presence of blockages or large kidney stones
  • Cysts or tumours

You will be asked to lie down on the ultrasound couch and to remove any clothing from your torso area.

You may also be asked to open your trousers to allow access to the bladder region. Some paper towels will be used to cover your clothing to protect it from the gel.

Ultrasound gel is placed onto the area being examined and a small handheld probe is placed over this gel, which helps to manoeuvre the probe across the torso.

You may be asked to breathe in and hold your breath a number of times. You may also be required to turn onto your side so that we can get views from multiple angles.

If your bladder is being scanned, you might need to take some images with a full bladder, void, then have additional images taken with an empty bladder.

Once the scan is completed, you will be given tissue to wipe away the gel and you can put your clothes back on.

The lights in the room will be dimmed so that the pictures on the screen can be seen more clearly and records of selected images will be made so that they can be viewed later.

They will then relay to you the results or any findings they might have and recommend additional steps you may need to take.

We recommend having a full bladder prior to the test to ensure adequate examination of the bladder.

We kindly request if possible, to drink four to six glasses of liquid about an hour before the test to fill your bladder.

There is no particular type of care required after a Kidney & Urinary Tract ultrasound. You may resume your regular diet and daily activities unless your doctor advises you differently.

There are no confirmed adverse biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposures to ultrasound at the intensity levels used in diagnostic ultrasound.

But depending on your particular results, the doctor may give you additional or alternative instructions after the procedure.

Many of our patients are concerned that if they come to us for an ultrasound, they won’t be able to go back to public health. That simply is not the case.

Our goal is to give you answers as quickly as possible and get you on the right treatment path fast – no strings attached.

When you come to us, you will be seen by a qualified specialist who can determine if your situation is serious or not that same day.

We don’t want you to wait weeks on end for an appointment because every minute counts when it comes to something as important as your health.

If your situation is serious, our specialist will write to your doctor on the NHS advising them that you need an urgent appointment.

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The team at Harley Street Ultrasound Group is made up of specialist consultants you can rely upon. They are among the best in the industry. 

This is backed up with a full range of qualifications and accreditations. All of our specialists are fully registered with all applicable medical regulatory bodies.

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