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What is a Kidney (Renal) Nuclear Medicine Scan?

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A renal nuclear medical scan is used to diagnose certain kidney diseases. It shows not only what the kidneys look like, but also how well they work. Your doctor can use this to pinpoint certain health issues much sooner than with other methods.

In this test, images are made to see how blood flows into and out of the kidneys. It shows how urine flows through the kidneys, ureters and bladder. Also, it can estimate how much each kidney is helping to clean your blood! It is important for your health that your kidneys work the way they’re supposed to.

With Nuclear Medicine Imaging (NMI), it can find the cause of reduced kidney function. For example, it shows problems due to a disease, obstruction (a blockage), or injury.

Renal NMI finds:

  • High blood pressure in the renal arteries
  • Tumors or cysts
  • Abscesses
  • Kidney disease
  • How well kidneys function after treatment or transplants