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Radiologic assessment of renal disease

W Charles O'Neill, MD
Section Editors
Gary C Curhan, MD, ScD
Jonathan B Kruskal, MD, PhD
Deputy Editor
Alice M Sheridan, MD


A large number of radiologic studies are used to evaluate patients with renal disease. These tests are performed alone or in combination for the detection, diagnosis, and/or the evaluation of multiple conditions. They are most often used to assess urinary tract obstruction, kidney stones, renal cyst or mass, kidney size, disorders with characteristic radiographic findings, renal vascular diseases, and vesicoureteral reflux (VUR).

The more commonly used imaging studies include:


Computed tomography (CT)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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