Kidney stones is a very common condition specially in the northern region of the country. The water consumed by the population in this part of the country has a very high level of impurities which cause kidney and ureteric stones. Another major cause for the formation of kidney stones is the low level of Vitamin D. The Vitamin D acts as the Calcium channel regulator in the body and ensures the flow of calcium towards the bones. When Vitamin D is low, then this function gets impaired and the body starts to throw calcium out of the body. One of the route for excretion of calcium is the urinary system. When calcium is getting excreted from the body through the urine, it gets crystallized in the kidneys and forms stones. These calculi get stuck into the kidneys and cause hydronephrosis - an infection in the kidney. Sometimes, the stones move out of the kidney and get stuck into the ureter. Most commonly done test for the diagnosis of these kidney and ureteric stones is Ultrasound of the KUB region.
Ultrasound of the KUB is used to diagnose any condition of the kidney, ureter and the urinary bladder. Most common diseases which can be diagnosed on Ultrasound KUB are Renal Calculi, Ureteric Stones, Renal Carcinoma, Bladder Cancer, Benign and Malignant Prostate Tumours etc. Most of the patients of kidney stone would experience severe pain on the back mostly on one side near the spinal cord. In order to get a quality ultrasound the combination of a good 3D Ultrasound Machine and an experienced radiologist is of paramount importance. The ultrasound machines at all our centres are 3D/4D and all the probes have more than 10000 channels for crystal clear grey scale images. Stones of the size 2-3 mm are also visible with such high resolution probes. The best advantage of ultrasound scan is that it is free of any radiation and even a pregnant woman can undergo any number of ultrasound scans without causing any damage to her body or the foetus in her tummy. Ultrasound is an excellent modality for early detection of any kind of cancer in the body.
Ultrasound is one of the cheapest diagnostic modality and offers great value for money proposition. Ultrasound scan of the KUB region is priced in the range of Rs. 1200 - 1800 at our centres. The time taken for doing the ultrasound scan of the KUB is 10-15 minutes and the report is made available within 15-30 minutes of the scan being completed. In one visit the patient can have the diagnosis and the treatment can commence immediately. Patients of kidney stone suffer sharp pain and sometimes the ultrasound has to be done in an emergency. No fasting is required for KUB ultrasound, however the patient must come with full Urinary Bladder. This is achieved by not passing urine for 1-2 hours before the ultrasound of the KUB Region. We have multiple centres in the NCR Region and you can get appointment at any of our centres at Bhiwadi by calling on the numbers +91-8800188334 / 8800188335 / 8800188336.
Dr Rajesh Choudhary has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Radiology. Dr Choudhary has been trained in the latest radiological techniques from Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner and PGI Chandigarh.
Dr Shruti Sangwan has been trained at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Maulana Azad Medical College, PGI Chandigarh and Artemis Hospital Bhiwadi in the field of Radiology and has more than 18 years of experience.