Kidneys, Ureters & Bladder (KUB) Ultrasound Scan (At Select Clinics)

KUB Ultrasound Scan
Private Ultrasound Scan
Price: £135

Book KUB Ultrasound Scan

Key Features:

  • Evaluation and detailed assessment of size, shape, position and thickness where applicable. 
  • Functional assessment and observation such as urine flow and kidney function.
  • Investigate any symptoms such as pain, bloating, or abnormal bleeding.

Why book an KUB Ultrasound Scan?

  • Evaluate Symptoms and Conditions: Investigate the cause of pain along the side of the body where the kidneys are located, which might indicate stones, infection, or other kidney disorders. This is essential for identifying the source of blood in the urine, which can be a sign of infections, tumours, stones, or other serious conditions within the urinary tract. It is also useful for assessing issues like painful urination, frequent urination, or challenges in starting urine flow, which could point to bladder or ureter issues.
  • Diagnose Urinary Tract Obstructions: Scans can detect kidney or ureter stones and help assess their size and location, which are critical for treatment planning. Ultrasound can also identify blockages in the ureters that may be causing urine to back up into the kidneys, potentially leading to complications like hydronephrosis.
  • Monitoring:  Following surgery for stones, tumours, or other abnormalities, scans are used to ensure that all issues have been adequately addressed and to monitor for any signs of recurrence. Regular imaging can also track how well treatment works for infections or tumours within the urinary tract.
  • Check for Anatomical Abnormalities: Some individuals may have congenital deformities in the structure of their kidneys, ureters, or bladder that could affect their function.
  • Screening for High-Risk Patients: Regular scans can detect recurrence at its earliest stages for patients with a history of urinary tract cancers.
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Booking a scan for the kidneys, bladder, and ureters can be crucial for diagnosing, monitoring, and managing a range of urinary tract conditions. Ultrasound scans of the kidneys, bladder, and ureters are particularly advantageous due to their non-invasive nature and lack of ionising radiation. This makes them suitable for repeated follow-up evaluations and use in patients of all ages, including pregnant women.

In Males & Females
Ultrasound scans of the kidneys, bladder, and ureters are critical diagnostic tools for assessing the urinary tract in both males and females. These scans provide valuable information about the structure and function of the urinary system, helping diagnose various conditions.

Specific Considerations in Females
Reproductive Organ Proximity: The proximity of female reproductive organs to the urinary tract can sometimes complicate symptoms. For example, conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease or ovarian cysts can present symptoms similar to urinary disorders.
Pregnancy: Ultrasound is particularly valuable during pregnancy as it provides a safe method to monitor the health of the mother’s kidneys and bladder, which may be affected by the physiological changes during pregnancy, such as increased risk of hydronephrosis and urinary tract infections.

Specific Considerations in Males:
Prostate Issues: In males, an enlarged prostate can affect bladder function and potentially lead to obstruction of the ureters or kidneys. This can result in symptoms such as difficulty urinating or incomplete bladder emptying, which are often checked using ultrasound.
Bladder Cancer Surveillance: Males have a slightly higher risk of bladder cancer than females, and ultrasound can be part of the diagnostic and monitoring strategy for those at risk.