Renal ultrasound correlates with renal nuclear scan in upper tract surveillance of spinal-cord injured patients

Short Title:
Renal ultrasound correlates with renal nuclear scan in upper tract surveillance of spinal-cord injured patients
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J45143.
Journal:
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2003, vol. 8, issue 3, pp 1-7
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Abstract:
Study was conducted to determine if renal ultrasound (RUS) and renal nuclear scan (RNS) are both necessary to evaluate the upper urinary tract of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Researchers retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 178 patients who had undergone both RUS and RNS. Different radiologists interpreted a total of 478 paired and matched studies. Results showed that in 361 of the paired and matched studies, both RUS and RNS were normal; in 56 studies, both were positive for upper tract abnormality; in 42 studies, the RUS was negative and the RNS was positive; and in the final 19 studies, the RUS was positive and the RNS was negative. Findings indicate that upper urinary tract surveillance in patients with SCI can be performed with an annual RUS, which is noninvasive, more available, and less costly than RNS.
Author(s):
Gousse, Angelo E.; Meinbach, David S.; Kester, Robert R.; Razdan, Sanjay; Kim, Sandy S.; Pareek, Kapil; Leboeuf, Line; Weinstein, David A.; Sipski, Marcalee
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