Renal scan

Alternative Names

Renogram; Kidney scan

Definition of Renal scan

A renal scan is a nuclear medicine exam in which a small amount of radioactive material (radioisotope) is used to measure the function of the kidneys.

Review

Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 10/11/2010

Kidney anatomy
Kidney - blood and urine flow

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