Medical Questions > Conditions and Diseases > Kidney Conditions Forum

Can enlarged kidneys be detected with a KUB?

Can enlarged kidneys be detected with a KUB?
Did you find this post helpful?
First Helper User Profile

User Profile
replied June 14th, 2014
Thank you for asking!
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.
take care
Did you find this post helpful?
Tags: kidneys, kidney
Quick Reply
Must Read
The kidneys filter blood and regulate body flood. What happens during kidney failure? And what types of kidney failure do doctors diagnose?...
There are three main condition which cause renal (kidney) failure. Learn what causes kidney failure and what factors increase your risk of kidney problems....
What are the signs of acute or chronic kidney failure? Which ones are more serious than others? And when should you ask a doctor or go to the ER for help?...
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Kidney Conditions , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.