Essay: Diagnosis of kidney stones
The diagnosis of kidney stones is not easy owing to the fact that its symptoms are not detected easily. For example, ‘silent stones’ do not show any symptoms and can only be detected through X-ray scans. To make matters worse the small stones will often pass out the body unnoticed during urination.
The only way to be sure of kidney stones is through X-ray and ultrasound taken of someone who complains of blood in the urine or sudden extreme pain. This diagnostics images helps the doctor in getting valuable information about the stone’s size and location. Blood and urine test help detect any abnormal substance that might promote stone formation. The doctor to scan the urinary system may also use a computerized tomography [C.T.] scan or an intravenous pyelogram [IVP]. The results obtained all help to determine the treatment.