Midwest Stone Institute
How Are Kidney Stones Diagnosed?
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Sometimes "silent" kidney stones are diagnosed as a result of X-rays taken in the course of a general health examination. More often, it is the sudden pain that signals the stone's presence. X-ray examination can be used to verify the presence of a stone.
The exam often provides the physician with valuable information about the composition, location, and the factors that caused the stone. The physician will also recommend analyses of the blood and urine to help determine the cause of the episode, and to enable him to recommend the proper course of treatment.
In some cases, the doctor may use specialized X-ray techniques or ultrasound to scan the kidney and urinary system in order to assess the degree of stone formation and recommend necessary therapy.
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