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How are kidney stones diagnosed?

To work out if you have a kidney stone, your doctor may test a sample of your blood or urine to measure the levels of salts and minerals that typically contribute to stone formation. Urine can also be tested for substances that can help prevent the stones from forming. Imaging techniques, such as X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans, may also be used to find kidney stones and check their progress along the urinary tract.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease

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