Common Kidney Conditions Diagnosed with Renal Ultrasound

A renal ultrasound (kidney ultrasound) is a diagnostic imaging test that uses sound waves to create images of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. This is a non-invasive and safe procedure that helps your medical provider evaluate the size, shape, and overall health of these structures.


If you need renal ultrasound, visit us at Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center and consult with the best nephrologists and urologists in East New York.


The kidneys are a bean-shaped organ, about the size of your fist, found on each side of your spine just below your rib cage. They are responsible in removing wastes and extra fluid in your body. They also remove acid produced by the cells of your body and maintain a healthy balance of water, salt, and minerals in your blood.


These are the common kidney conditions that can be diagnosed or assessed using renal ultrasound:


  1. Renal Cysts — A renal cyst is a fluid-filled sac that can develop on or within your kidneys. These cysts are generally noncancerous and do not usually cause symptoms. Renal cysts can vary in size, and you may have one or several cysts in your kidneys.
  2. Hydronephrosis — Hydronephrosis is a condition ccaused by the swelling or enlargement of one or both of your kidneys due to the accumulation of urine. This occurs when your urine cannot drain properly from your kidney to the bladder.
  3. Kidney Stones — Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in your kidneys from minerals and salts found in urine. They can vary in size, ranging from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Kidney stones may remain in your kidneys or travel down the urinary tract, causing pain and discomfort.
  4. Renal Masses or Tumors — A renal mass refers to an abnormal growth or lump in your kidney. These masses can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The term “renal mass” is often used when a solid structure or tumor is detected during your renal ultrasound.
  5. Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) — Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder caused by the formation of fluid-filled cysts in your kidneys. These cysts can grow and enlarge your kidneys, disrupting their normal structure and function over time.
  6. Renal Artery Stenosis — Renal artery stenosis refers to the narrowing of one or both of your renal arteries, which are the blood vessels that supply blood to your kidneys. This narrowing can restrict blood flow to your kidneys and may lead to hypertension (high blood pressure) and impaired kidney function.
  7. Renal Abscess — A renal abscess is a collection of pus within your kidney tissue. This condition typically occurs as a result of a bacterial infection that has spread to your kidneys, often from an infection in the urinary tract. The infection can cause an inflammatory response, leading to the formation of an abscess.


If you have symptoms of having kidney issues, talk to your doctor so you can devise a proper treatment plan for your condition. Never take any symptoms of kidney problems for granted. It is better to have it checked early on, before it progresses. At Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center, our team of urologist will work with you in managing your disease and your quality of life. We also offer services, such as renal ultrasound To schedule an appointment, please visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 or call 1-347-384-5690. You can also visit our website at