Renal ultrasound is a diagnostic tool used to visualize the kidneys and assess their function. 

It can be used to detect kidney stones, tumors, or other abnormalities. 

The test is generally quick and painless, and does not require any special preparation. 

A renal ultrasound is usually performed in an outpatient setting, 

and does not require anesthesia. The test only takes a few minutes to complete. 

You will lie on your back on an exam table, and a small device called  

a transducer will be placed on your abdomen. The transducer emits sound waves  

that pass through your skin and create an image of your kidney on a computer screen.