Kidney stones can increase your risk of chronic kidney disease, which is why fast detection and treatment is important when painful symptoms occur. Duke urologists use advanced technology to determine your type of kidney stone, its cause, and any conditions that require treatment to prevent a recurrence. Our goal is to quickly return you to a pain-free life and minimize your risk for kidney-related problems in the future.
Testing for Kidney Stones
Kidney stones can run in families. Along with an initial physical exam, your health history can help us with a diagnosis. Additional testing may be needed.
Urine Collection and Analysis
After your initial appointment, you will receive a urine collection kit so you can capture your urine over a 24-hour period. The kit can be returned to the lab using pre-paid postage. Results help your urologist determine the cause of your kidney stones and recommend appropriate treatments as well as dietary changes and medications to help prevent future occurrences.
3D Kidney X-Ray
This special technology, known as digital tomosynthesis, uses a series of two-dimensional X-rays taken in a single scan to build a three-dimensional image. The enhanced detail allows your urologist to more clearly see kidney stones as small as five millimeters in size. It’s particularly useful if you have recurrent kidney stones because of its low dose of radiation. Low-dose CT scans may also be used to help diagnose kidney stones.
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Why Choose Duke
A Proven Track Record
Our team of urologists perform about 400 ureteroscopic procedures every year. This gives our specialists a unique level of experience that reduces the likelihood of complications and the skill to help you recover quickly.
Leaders in Kidney Stone Research and Treatment
We were one of the first centers to adopt the use of laser technology to break down kidney stones, and continued research keeps us at the forefront of designing more effective ways of removal. This means you get access to the latest treatments before they become available elsewhere, and we often treat people turned away by other centers that aren’t equipped for unique cases.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our urology program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2021–2022.