Hydronephrosis – SonoSite
If you can do a FAST exam you already know how to locate the kidneys with ultrasound. Assessing for hydronephrosis is often relatively straightforward and this 8 minute video from SonoSite will show you the basics. This is a useful skill to have for patients with acute renal failure or when you are trying to find a potential source of sepsis.
Just remember that congenital abnormalities of the kidneys are relatively common. Unilateral renal agenesis may be present in up to 1 in 500 live births, so if you can’t find the kidney there is a chance it might no be there.