Radiologist for Kidney Biopsy

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   Posted 7/18/2017 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've seen two nephrologists who told me to get a kidney biopsy for undiagnosed reduced kidney function, so I'm proceeding with it. The issue I'm having is the two nephrologists defined the procedure very differently. One told me it was imperative I have it done with a specific radiologist who uses ultrasound and that I stay overnight at the hospital (she said CT would "fry my ovaries"). The other nephrologist told me he didn't care which radiologist did it, recommended CT and told me I could go home the same day. What was your experience? Do you have any great radiologists to recommend for the procedure in either Boulder, CO or Pittsburg, PA (I live in one city and work in another)?

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   Posted 7/18/2017 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello & welcome to Healing Well. Keep in mind, I am not a dr but I would ditch the dr. making crazy statements. This should be a fine needle biopsy & are done on an out patient basis. A Ct is usually done because they want to make sure of the area they will be taking the tissue biopsy from. I sure would not agree to a biopsy without one. The one claiming the Ct would fry your ovaries, I would run as fast as I could from that dr. Sounds like this dr may have a vested interest alright, but it is not about his/her patient.

This is a very slow forum so I do not expect much of a response about a radiologist. I would look online at my insurance & see who they cover & then check the radiologist out that way. Worth a shot.

I hope you get good results back. Take care.
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   Posted 7/19/2017 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother-in-law (age 90) had to undergo a kidney biopsy about two months ago. She was already in the hospital due to complications from what was later diagnosed as micro-polyangitis, a form of vasculitis that impacts the kidneys, lungs or both. In her case, it was the kidneys. At any rate, her biopsy was done with a radiologist guiding the nephrologist by way of an ultrasound. I was allowed in the room (masked, gowned and gloved) so I could comfort her as she also has dementia. It appears to be a relatively quick and also relatively painless procedure. The only thing they recommended once back in her room was to minimize movement as much as possible for the ensuing 24 hours.

I agree with straydog. If you're not already in a hospital, this procedure would be done on an outpatient basis and probably take a total of perhaps two to three hours, including prep and recovery time.
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