KUB radiography is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses x-ray imaging to view the kidneys, ureters, and bladder – the organs in which it receives its name. KUB radiography is typically used to evaluate the condition of these organs, and potential urinary health conditions.
When is KUB radiography recommended?
This type of abdominal x-ray is used by urologists when a patient is experiencing unknown pain in their back, flank or abdomen. This diagnostic tool can help identify tumors, urinary blockages and stones in the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.
KUB imaging can also be used as a guide by urologists when placing a ureteral stent or catheter. Urologists utilize ureteral stents when a blockage, in the ureters, is preventing urine flow. KUB radiography can also help providers determine if a catheter has been placed in the bladder properly.
What patients can expect from a KUB
A KUB is a painless, non-invasive procedure that can be performed in-office or at an imaging center.
At the beginning of this procedure, the patient will be asked to lie on their back on an x-ray table. The x-ray machine will then be positioned over the patient’s abdomen. The patient will be asked to lay perfectly still, and hold their breath for a matter of seconds. While in this position, the x-ray images will be taken.
Typically, only one picture will be taken while the patient is lying on their back. However, additional pictures may be taken – one while lying down (supine view), and one while standing (erect view).
Prior to any imaging, female patients should make their provider aware of pregnancy or possible pregnancy – due to radiation exposure.
KUB imaging will help the urologist diagnose any visible health conditions, and recommend the appropriate treatment. If you are experiencing any unexplained pain in your back, flank, or abdomen, contact Urology Austin to schedule an appointment with one of our urologists.