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Can enlarged kidneys be detected with a KUB?

Can enlarged kidneys be detected with a KUB?
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replied June 14th, 2014
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A Kidney-Ureter-Bladder x-ray (KUB) is an anterior-posterior noncontrast film of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and pelvis. It is often performed as a preliminary study for an intravenous pyelography (IVP) of the urinary tract and can evaluate for urinary calculi or masses. But the size and enlargement needs special experts eye and is very difficult to sort out from just a radiograph. For that ultrasound is the best diagnostic modality. KUB will be just a clue only to an expert's eye, a clue to be confirmed by sonography.
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