Your procedure will be performed with you lying on the examination table on your back.The technologist may ask you to turn on your side to get a better view of your kidneys.
The technologist will apply warm gel to your abdomen.
A transducer, a small, microphone-like device, will be placed over various locations on your abdomen. The technologist may ask you to hold your breath intermittently during the exam. If needed, the technologist may ask you to use the restroom to empty your bladder and additional images will be taken afterwards.
You will not feel any pain; however you will feel mild pressure from the transducer.
Sound waves will bounce off the muscle, tissue and organs in your body and the blood moving in your new kidney. This creates "echoes." The echoes are reflected back to the transducer.
A television monitor shows images as the transducer converts the echoes to electronic signals. These images may be viewed immediately or photographed for further study.