What is a Renal scan?

There are 3 types of renal scan, each is looking for something different. Depending on why your doctor has sent you will determine which one we do. All renal scans are looking at your kidneys and urinary tract.

How do I prepare for a Renal scan?

Drink plenty of water before your appointment (we usually recommend 1 litre of water 1 hour before). You can empty your bladder at any point but please remember to keep drinking as this will help us with our pictures.

What happens during a Renal scan?

During this test you will be given an injection and asked to lay down on our scan bed. We will be taking pictures for about 1 hour. You will be asked to empty your bladder half way through the test before we take some more pictures.

Are there any side effects of a Renal scan?

No

How long does a Renal scan take?

It depends on the type of renal scan. DTPA/MAG-3 renal scans take about 1 to 1.5 hours. DMSA renal scans take about 4 hours (but are split into 2 components, with a 3 hours break in between). We will let you know when you make your booking.

When can I expect the results of my Renal scan?

Usually the results are ready within 1 hour (unless advised otherwise).

Will there be any fees involved?

No, all our scans are bulk billed.

Please contact us with any questions you have.

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