When you’re suffering from the pain of kidney stones and facing serious complications, such as an infection, you shouldn’t need to leave the office for essential diagnostic testing. The team at Stone Relief Center in The Woodlands, Texas, provides all your kidney stone care on-site, offering ancillary services such as diagnostic imaging and blood work. If you have questions about testing for kidney stones, or you need to schedule ancillary care, call the office or book a consultation online.
Ancillary care encompasses a range of services that help Stone Relief Center diagnose and treat kidney problems. Providing ancillary services on-site gives patients the convenience of one-stop care and allows the team to provide rapid treatment to patients with painful kidney stones.
Yes, diagnostic imaging is one of the key ancillaries at Stone Relief Center. Diagnostic imaging verifies the presence of kidney stones and allows the team to determine the best treatment.
The diagnostic imaging tests offered in the office include CT scans, ultrasounds, and X-rays.
A CT scan takes a series of X-rays from different angles around your body. Then a computer turns the X-rays into cross-sectional images of your abdomen.
The team routinely uses CT scans to find kidney stones and identify the size, shape, and location of stones. CT scans also capture images of very small stones and show if you have a blockage.
An ultrasound uses sound waves to create images. While ultrasound images aren’t as detailed as a CT scan, it’s a faster process. Additionally, ultrasound imaging can monitor the growth of stones and screen for recurring stones without exposing you to radiation.
X-rays are also available on site. Your doctor at Stone Relief Center may perform an X-ray to evaluate your abdomen for other potential causes of your pain and to diagnose kidney stones.
When your symptoms suggest kidney stones, you need a urinalysis and bloodwork or serum labs. Both ancillary services are available on site.
A urinalysis reveals signs of an infection and shows if your body is eliminating high levels of the minerals that form kidney stones. Knowing the composition of the stone helps to guide immediate treatment decisions and ongoing preventive care.
In some cases, your Stone Relief Center provider may ask you to collect several urine samples at home over the course of 24 hours. A 24-hour collection helps diagnose kidney problems by measuring proteins, hormones, minerals, and other compounds.
Your blood is drawn and tested for a wide range of substances that reveal kidney function, the presence of an infection, and biomarkers for substances that contribute to kidney stones.
If you have questions about ancillary services or testing for kidney stones, call Stone Relief Center or schedule a consultation online.