If stones are suspected in the urinary tract, the following tests may be ordered:
- KUB (kidney, ureter, bladder) is an X-ray that provides a view of all the places stones can be found.
- IVP (intravenous pyelogram) is an X-ray that uses an intravenous dye (to locate stones).
- Renal ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the kidney, ureter and bladder.
- CT scan is an X-ray test that takes pictures of very small sections of the body.
A 24-hour urine collection may be ordered and then sent to a special lab to determine what is causing the stones to form.