Podcast #73: Imaging for Kidney Stones - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast #73: Imaging for Kidney Stones

Run Time: 3 minutesscreen-shot-2013-04-17-at-12-45-57-pm

Author: Dr. Jared Scott

Educational Pearls:

  • From 1992 to 2009, the number of CTs used to diagnose kidney stones has tripled. The radiation given by a CT of the abdomen and pelvis is roughly equivalent to the radiation given by 100 chest Xrays.
  • American College of Radiologygg reports even one CT scan increases your lifetime risk of getting cancer.
  • An ultrasound can visualize hydronephrosis, which indicates a large kidney stone is present.

References:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3587076/


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