Renal Sonography Education

Formal, comprehensive training in renal sonography is incorporated into the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program. Fellows rotate through the ultrasound service for several months, performing all the studies under faculty supervision, and then participating in the interpretation and generation of reports. The number and type of all studies performed by each fellow are recorded and fellows receive certificates documenting their training and experience in ultrasonography. The Renal Sonography training program is accredited by the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology.

The following types of examinations are performed:

  • Diagnotic studies of native kidneys
  • Diagnostic studies of renal allografts
  • Screening of end-stage kidneys for carcinoma
  • Guidance for percutaneous renal biopsy
  • Diagnostic studies of urinary bladders and measurement of post-void bladder volume
  • Visualization of veins for central venous catheterization

Other renal sonography courses open to external physicians: