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Kidney and Bladder Ultrasound Scan


The purpose of our private kidney and bladder ultrasound scan is to assess the renal system including kidneys and bladder for many different things such as kidney stone or kidney stones, bladder stones, and more given below. For men we also assess the prostate for any prostate enlargement as a result of a high PSA reading. As part of the overall private ultrasound scan we will perform a kidney ultrasound scan, bladder ultrasound scan (and prostate ultrasound scan for men). A GP referral is not usually required for this scan but having one does greatly help guide the scan for our leading experts specialists - more information below. We can provide instant results and same day appointments at our award winning private clinic in London (where available).


You can book this scan online below or scroll down for more information about the kidneys, bladder and this ultrasound scan.





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Why would I need this scan?


This scan is performed for a wide range of reasons some of which include: 

  • Pain
  • Abnormal kidney functions tests 
  • Assess for growths or structural changes
  • Discomfort
  • Kidney Stones
  • Water Retention (Hydro-nephrosis)
  • Weak Bladder (Urinary Incontinence)
  • Inflammation
  • Polyps
  • Cysts
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Pelvis pain
  • Renal /kidney pain
  • Severe renal infection
  • Previous Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Blood in urine (Hematuria)
  • High PSA result for men


See the Upper Abdomen Ultrasound Scan Page for more information about Liver, Gallbladder and Pancreas by clicking here .


Kidney and Bladder - Renal System
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that are roughly 10cm (four inches) in length. They're located towards the back of the abdomen on either side of the spine.
The kidneys remove waste products from the blood by acting as a filter removing impurities and waste material the body does not need. The clean blood that remains is transferred back into the body whereas the waste material is then mixed with water to create urine. Urine is passed or drained from the kidneys to the bladder where it is stored until the bladder becomes full.
When the bladder becomes full you feel sensation of having to go the toilet and the urine then exits the body via a tube called the urethra.
For men there is an additional gland in this area called the prostate. the prostate is about the size of a walnut and gets a little bigger with age. It surrounds the first part of the urethra and its function is to produce a thick, white fluid that mixes with the sperm from the testicles to make semen. It also produces a protein called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) that turns the semen into a liquid.
Kidney Stones
The waste products in the blood can occasionally form crystals that collect inside the kidneys. Over time, the crystals may build up to form a hard stone-like lump.
This is more likely to happen if you don't drink enough fluids, if you're taking some types of medication, or if you have a medical condition that raises the levels of certain substances in your urine.
After a kidney stone has formed, your body will try to pass it out in the urine. This means it will often travel through the kidneys, kidney tubes, bladder and urethra.
What is included with the ultrasound scan?


A written ultrasound report of the examination including any measurements within 24-28 hours after your appointment.


Why choose The Scan Clinic 



The Scan Clinic is an award winning private ultrasound clinic in London and we pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwifes and many other healthcare professionals. 


Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone really sets us apart from the vast majority of other private clinics in London. We have strict quality control measures which we must adhere to meaning you are in safe hands with us and our team.


The Scan Clinic has won a number of awards including the What Patient - Patient service award 2018 and have appeared on ITV's Loose women and in the Huffington Post.


Who will I see?


Quality-Assured_1.pngWhen you come for your appointment for a private kidney and bladder ultrasound at The Scan Clinic London you  will be seen by a healthcare professional who specialises in clinical medical ultrasound. Unlike other diagnostic tests which produce results for analysis, ultrasound imaging is "real- time" therefore the quality of the scan being performed is the basis of the information you take away and heavily depends upon the expertise, experience and skill of the healthcare professional scanning you. This is an important point which is often overlooked by many people when deciding where to go, therefore you can be reassured that at The Scan Clinic London you will always be seen by an expert who has vast expertise and experience in the field of medical ultrasound and within looking at the kidneys, bladder - renal system as part of the kidney and bladder ultrasound scan. 


What does the scan involve?


During the kidney and bladder ultrasound scan you will be asked to uncover your abdominal and back area and a small amount of jelly will be placed over your skin. An ultrasound camera will then be placed on top and moved along your abdomen. This will result in a picture appearing on the ultrasound monitor and patient TV which will be translated by a medical ultrasound practitioner. The examination itself usually lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain free. At the end of the examination a brief explanation of the results may be offered. A formal ultrasound scan report with any recommendations will be sent to you which you can take to your regular healthcare professional.


How do prepare for this scan?


  • A full bladder is required for this scan – Please drink 1 litre of fluid approximately 1.5 hours before your scheduled appointment and please try your best not to empty your bladder before the examination.
  • You can eat as normal.
  • You may also maintain your normal medication.


About Ultrasound and Private Ultrasound Scans


An ultrasound scan is a painless test that provides images of the inside of the body by using high frequency sound waves. These sound waves are at a frequency which cannot be heard by the human ear but when they bounce off different parts of the body, create echoes that are picked up by the probe and turned into a moving image.


Unlike other scans such as MRI and CT, ultrasound does not involve radiation and is in real time i.e. live imaging and is not static i.e. still pictures. This live information is interpreted and is used as the basis of the subsequent diagnostic report.


There are many kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed as ultrasound has numerous applications in healthcare and are ultimately beneficial to us if used in the right context by a competent body or person.  However as with any test, ultrasound scans have limitations some of which are generic to all scans such as not being able to visualise bone clearly or scan specific and therefore may not be suitable in certain situations and like any test can not diagnose every problem.


For further information about ultrasound please click here.




For women please click the link below to go to the Private Kidney and Bladder Ultrasound scan for women to find out more information and how to book.


Kidney and Bladder Ultrasound scan for women.



For men please click the link below to go to the Private  Kidney, Bladder and Prostate Ultrasound scan for men to find out more information and how to book.


Kidney, Bladder and Prostate Ultrasound scan




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