The Renal Ultrasound Exam is used in the Emergency Department in the assessment of suspected renal colic.
The presence of unilateral hydronephrosis can help in the diagnosis of renal colic as a cause of abdominal pain, and the degree of hydronephrosis helps in the assessment of failure-to-pass likelihood.
The below video explains how to perform the Renal Ultrasound Exam and measure bladder volume.
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MBChB FACEM CCPU. Emergency Physician at Bendigo Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria. Australia.
I studied in Scotland before completing my Emergency Medicine training in Melbourne. I have a big interest in point-of-care ultrasound use and training in Emergency Medicine. I'm also interested in Choosing Wisely and sustainability initiatives in healthcare.
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