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Renal artery scans use high-frequency sound waves to visualize the vessels and evaluate blood flow through the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys. Using a specialized Doppler technique, we can also measure the movement of blood within the vessels. This provides detailed pictures of these blood vessels to help physicians determine the extent and cause of restricted blood flow.
Your physician may recommend a renal artery scan if you have problems with the arteries that supply blood to your kidneys, early signs of kidney failure or if your blood pressure is high or difficult to control.
You will be given detailed instructions by our staff before your procedure. In general, do not eat, drink any dairy products or smoke anything after midnight the night before your procedure. Water and daily medication may be taken if necessary. Be sure to bring your insurance card, photo ID, list of current medications (dose and frequency) and any diagnostic testing results.
You will lay face-up on a moveable exam table and you may be turned to either side. Warm gel is placed over the are to be tested and a probe is gently passed back and forth on your skin. An image of the artery is shown on a video screen. The renal arteries are identified and a measurement is made of the speed of blood flow through the artery. During the exam, you will hear the ultrasound machine reproduce your pulse as detected through the Doppler component of the exam.
Before scheduling an appointment, you will need to get a referral from your physician. Once you have a referral, you can schedule an appointment by calling 703.698.4475 Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm.