An ultrasound is a scan that shows a picture of the inside of your body using soundwaves. A probe is placed against the skin in the area that needs to be scanned. The probe generates sound waves and the echo is then picked up and displayed on a screen as a picture.
A urinary tract ultrasound (also known as a renal ultrasound) shows a general picture of the kidneys, ureters and bladder. It is also able to show blood flow through the kidneys. The scan will give information about any abnormalities in the urinary system which cannot be picked up by assessing signs and symptoms alone.
Preparation for the test
You can eat and drink prior to this test.
It is recommended you have a full bladder prior to the test. A full bladder provides a better picture of the bladder wall.
If you have an IDC or SPC, there is no need to clamp your bladder unless the doctor has asked for you to do it specifically.
If you perform ICs, aim to have the test in between catheter times.
How often should I have the test?
It is recommended that you have a urinary tract ultrasound at least once a year and more frequently if there are problems with your bladder management, or if there are changes in your routine such as different medications