Journal article

Ultrasound of the renal vasculature

AM Lavoipierre, RJ Dowling, AF Little

Ultrasound Quarterly | Published : 2000


Sonographic examination of the renal vasculature provides considerable information that can be used in the assessment of conditions as varied as renal artery stenosis and tumor thrombus involvement of renal veins. Although extrarenal and intrarenal Doppler criteria in renal artery stenosis diagnosis are controversial, the role of sonography in renal tumor and renal vein assessment is straightforward. Imaging renal morphology and vasculature is also useful in infection and, to a certain extent, in obstruction. Techniques of examination are briefly reviewed, as is renal vascular anatomy. The role of recent advances, such as echo enhancers, is also outlined.

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