Renal Artery Flow Scan

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Renal Artery Flow Scan

Postby NancyL » Thu May 06, 2004 5:32 pm

My Dr thinks I might have Renal Artery Stenosis. She has ordered a Renal Artery Flow Scan, I can't find any info about this test anywhere. Can anyone tell me anything about this test?

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renal scans for diagnosis

Postby Cheryl in CT » Thu May 06, 2004 8:49 pm

Hi, Nancy -

Sorry to hear what you're going thru. Nonetheless, do keep in mind that getting a clear diagnosis is going to be the first step in taking care of whatever issue it is that you're facing. Getting rid of the "unknowns" is going to be a great relief, psychologically, at least!

I'm not quite sure which of the various "scans" or diagnostic tests your doctor is referring to when she says "Renal Artery Flow Scan", but here's some info about the tests most often used in diagnosing Renal Artery Stenosis. You might want to ask if any of these is the one she has ordered:

abdominal ultrasound
This is an imaging test used to examine any of the internal organs of the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. When focused on the kidneys, it can show paths of blood & urine flow and can help doctors evaluate if and where there could be problems. Sometimes also called a sonogram, this test is noninvasive and basically painless.

abdominal CT scan
A CT scanner is a sort of “upgradedâ€
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Postby JMan » Thu May 06, 2004 9:37 pm

My best guess is that she is referring to a renal arteriogram. or some sort of contrast scan..

Very probably one of those described by Cheryl..

If you want confirmation why not give your docs office a ring and confirm the technical name of the scan.
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Postby NancyL » Thu May 06, 2004 9:45 pm

The nurse said they would give me an injection, I would then have to wait an hour and then get xrays. I was told not to eat after midnight but drink plenty! Sounds kind of like a bone scan, I had a bonescan for RSD of my knee, sounds alot like that to me.
Thanks for your help!!
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Postby NancyL » Fri May 14, 2004 1:13 am

It was a Nuclear Medicine Renal Scan. They injected me with a tracer and took xrays for the next half hour or so. They wouldn't tell me anything when it was over (of course) but when they first started I heard them say " there are the kidneys, and there is the hypertension" so it sounds like they saw something to me. What do you all think?
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Postby JMan » Fri May 14, 2004 9:09 am

I don't think a lot.. the tech guys who do the scan have to wait on the radiologists report, they are not 'really' allowed to say much to the patient.

Sounds like they've confirmed that you have hypertension (raised blood pressure) on the kidney though...
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Postby Jmig » Fri May 14, 2004 8:32 pm

Hi,

I have just been recently dianosed with UPJ and going through the procedures to fix that problem. I just found out yesterday that I also have renal artery stenosis... my doctor suggested that I go though an angiogram and possibly an angioplasty. Have you had any tests already? Like a ultrasound, MRI or renal scan? If not, maybe your doctor will start there. Sounds like you and I are in the same boat!! Good luck and think happy thoughts! :D
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Postby NancyL » Tue May 18, 2004 11:41 pm

My Dr called me today. When she told me who she was I knew something had to be wrong for the Dr to personally call me.
She said neither of my kidneys are functioning right, the right is worse than the left. She set up an appointment with a nephrologist but his first opening is June 21st. I see her next week to follow up on everything. Can anyone tell me what to expect? I'm scared to death.
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