Renal Artery Ultrasound

Consultants in Cardiology PC

What you should know about your:

Renal Artery Ultrasound

Your physician may have ordered this examination because high blood pressure, hearing a swooshing noise (bruit) in your abdomen, previous kidney problems, diabetes, and/or other multiple reasons.




A renal artery ultrasound is a noninvasive examination that consists of imaging both arteries that supply blood to your kidneys.  (Kidney and renal mean the same thing.)   


A Doppler sample is also performed. Harmless sound waves are bounced off your renal arteries then sent back, converting the images on a screen and then videotaped.  These images are used to see the blood flow throughout your renal arteries.   


The purpose of this examination is to see if there are any blockages or constrictions within the artery. 




DO NOT EAT or DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT before the exam. You may take any medications needed that morning with as little water as possible. If you need to eat in the morning, please feel free to bring in something for after the examination.




Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.




You will change into a gown, undressing from the waist up.  Warm gel will be applied to your abdomen.  The Technician will then proceed to image with the ultrasound machine. 


THE EXAM DOES NOT REQUIRE THE USE OF ANY NEEDLES, DYES, OR RADIATION.  Some degree of apprehension is normal, but most patients find that the examination is much less unpleasant than anticipated and do not experience any pain.  So, just sit back and relax!




After the exam, a Cardiologist reviews the images and interprets the test and results are sent to the ordering physician.  If you are a Consultants in Cardiology patient, a follow-up appointment to discuss your results should be  made within one to two weeks. 


You can resume your normal daily activities after your examination. 


DATE OF TEST:____________________  TIME:_________________


For more information, please call (248) 865-9898