Kidney stones benefit from prompt diagnosis and treatment because they can increase your risk of chronic kidney disease. Duke urologists use advanced technology to diagnose your type of kidney stone, determine its cause, and identify any conditions -- obesity, diabetes, or osteoporosis -- that require treatment to prevent kidney stones from recurring. Our goal is to quickly return you to a pain-free life and minimize your risk for kidney-related problems in the future.
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Urine Collection and Analysis
24-hour, at-home urine collection allows your urologist to determine the cause of your kidney stones and recommend appropriate treatments. The results can also guide our recommendations for dietary changes and medications to help prevent future occurrences.
Digital tomosynthesis is a new technology that creates multiple X-rays from a single X-ray test. It allows radiologists to view kidney stones in more detail than a traditional X-ray. Low dose CT scans may also be used. This type of CT is used specifically for the diagnosis of kidney stones, and helps reduce radiation exposure.
Why Choose Duke
Kidney Stone Prevention
If you are at risk for recurrent kidney stones, our urologists work closely with you to identify their cause, and educate you about preventive treatment options, including dietary changes and medications.
Our comprehensive approach to kidney stone treatment reduces the likelihood that you will experience complications following your procedure. If complications occur, we offer fast access to expert care to treat your symptoms.
A Team of Kidney Stone Specialists
Your team includes urologists, anesthesiologists and radiologists who work together to give you the best possible treatment. Because of our combined skills and access to the latest technology and facilities, we often treat patients who are turned away by other centers that may not be equipped to remove kidney stones due to their size or location.
Leaders in Kidney Stone Research and Treatment
We were one of the first centers to test the laser technology that is commonly used to break down kidney stones, and we continue to be at the forefront of designing and developing safer, more effective methods for kidney stone removal. As a result, you have access to the latest advances in treatment, often before they become available at other centers.
When it comes to your care, you want the very best. Duke University Hospital's nationally ranked urology program was named best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.