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Thứ Hai, 20 tháng 8, 2018




There are 2 techniques, direct method and indirect method, used to investigate renal arterial supply. Both ideally are used in conjuction with each other, however, in circumstances where the renal artery is not seen in its entirety then the indirect approach alone can give an indication of vascular disease.



The renal arteries are clearly imaged in B Mode from an anterior,subcostal approach however as it is perpendicular to the ultrasound beam it is not suitable for Doppler assessment. Supernumerary (duplicate) arteries can be seen looking posterior to the IVC in B Mode and Colour in a sagittal plane.

Anterior Approach.
The patient is lying supine and the probe is moved inferiorly and superiorly to identify the
 renal arteries and any supernumerary arteries. Look in B-Mode and Colour Doppler to help
 identify. A spectral analysis is made of the aorta at the level of the renal arteries. The
velocity is taken with an angle for accurate measurement.If an accurate angle cannot be
obtained then another measurement is taken with no angle so it can be compared to the
renal artery at a stenosis site to do a ratio.The aorta is examined for any abdominal aortic


By moving the probe to the left of midline and angling toward the patient's right, an acceptable Doppler angle of 60 degrees is achieved. To avoid aliasing set the colour scale high enough so it is minimized. If the scale is too low then it is difficult to determine which vessel is the vein and which vessel is the artery.

Oblique Approach

Oblique Approach.Angling 45 degrees to right renal artery or rolling the patient in a semi left 

decubitus position to avoid the bowel gas and improve the Doppler angle.

Anterior Approach.

The renal arteries are clearly imaged in B Mode from an anterior approach however as it is
 perpendicular to the ultrasound beam it is not suitable for Doppler assessment.

In most individuals, the renal arteries arise from the abdominal aorta immediately distal to
the origin of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA). The right renal artery passes underneath
the inferior vena cava (IVC)  and posterior to the right renal vein.


Oblique Approach.Angling 45 degrees to right renal artery.In most individuals, the renal
arteries arise from the abdominal aorta immediately distal to the origin of the SMA. By moving the probe to the right of midline and angling toward the patient's left, an acceptable Doppler angle of
45-60 degrees is achieved.

Normal waveform
A normal waveform obtained from the main renal artery demonstrates a rapid upstroke in
systole and a low resistance waveform with continuous forward flow throughout the cardiac
 cycle. The normal peak systolic velocity of the main renal artery is less than 150 cm/sec.
The resistive index is less than 0.70 .Doppler sampling throughout the entire artery from
the origin to the hilum.

Coronal Approach 
Roll the patient into a decubitus position to avoid bowel gas and improve visibility of the renal artery,especially the mid to distal portion.


An indirect assessment requires a good colour image to determine the position of the interlobar and interlobular arteries, which in turn will determine the best angle to get an accurate measurement of the RI and AT.


Resistive Ind
The Resistive Index (RI) is easily performed by placing a caliper on the peak systolic velocity and the other caliper on the lowest diastole.The RI is a ratio of peak systolic and end diastolic velocity.

Acceleration Time
The Acceleration Time (AT) is done by placing a caliper on the level at which the gradient begins to rise and finished at the first peak ie the Early systolic Peak (ESP).This should be less than 70ms

Renal Artery Stenosis

Maria R. Bokhari; Syed Rizwan A. Bokhari.

Renal artery stenosis is narrowing of the one or both of renal arteries. It is the major cause of hypertension and according to some reports is the cause of hypertension in 1% to 10% of the 50 million people in the United States. Atherosclerosis or fibromuscular dysplasia most often cause it. Other associated complications of renal artery stenosis are chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.

Duplex ultrasonographic scanning is a noninvasive, relatively inexpensive technique that can be used in patients with any level of renal function. However,  it is operator dependent and has variable sensitivity. Two approaches are used to detect RAS with Doppler Ultrasound.
  • Direct Visualization of the Renal Arteries: The first approach involves direct scanning of the main renal arteries with color or power Doppler US followed by spectral analysis of renal artery flow using an anterior or anterolateral approach. Owing to various factors essentially as gas interposition and the anatomy of the left renal artery, a complete examination of both renal arteries can be achieved in only 50%–90% of cases. Signal enhancement can be achieved by administering contrast agents that facilitate visualization of the renal arteries. Four criteria are currently used to diagnose significant proximal stenosis:
1.     An increase in peak systolic velocity in the renal artery (the post-stenotic threshold for significant RAS is 100 cm/sec to 200 cm/sec is reported)
2.     A renal-to-aortic peak systolic velocity ratio of greater than 3.5
3.     Turbulent post-stenotic site
4.     Visualization of the renal artery without any detectable Doppler signal, an observation that signals occlusion.
  • Analysis of Intra-renal Doppler Waveforms: The different segments of kidneys are scanned via trans lumbar approach systematically to detect a stenosis of a segmental or accessory renal artery. Quantitative criteria  proposed for detection of significant RAS:
1.     Acceleration of less than 370 cm/sec to 470 cm/sec. The early systolic acceleration seems to be the best predictor of renal artery narrowing
2.     Acceleration time greater than 0.05 sec to 0.08 sec
3.     Change in the resistive index  (RI) of greater than 5% between the right and left kidneys.  This value should be measured along the initial portion of the systolic rise and avoid including the late compliance peak
4.     A dampened presentation (pulsus tardus) of an intrarenal Doppler waveform indicates stenosis
5.     The presence of an early systolic peak can be interpreted as a sign of normality; however, the absence of an early systolic peak is not necessarily indicative of stenosis.

Chronic kidney disease

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Bruno Di Muzio et al.

Ultrasound with Doppler examination of intrarenal vessels is usually performed in patients with CKD, and it is common to have a normal exam.
Typical B-mode findings of a long-standing severe CKD (especially stage 5) are 2:
  • reduced renal cortical thickness <6 mm="" nbsp="" span="" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 0; position: relative; top: -0.5em; vertical-align: baseline;">6

  • more reliable than length 7

  • reduced renal length
  • increased renal cortical echogenicity 
  • poor visibility of the renal pyramids and the renal sinus
  • marginal irregularities
  • papillary calcifications
  • cysts (see also: acquired cystic kidney disease)

  • Abnormal Doppler findings in these patients are 2:
    • reduced renal vascularity
    • increased resistance index (RI) values (segmental and interlobular arteries)
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