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Key points

This guideline is recommended for radiological investigation of patients who present with suspected renal colic.

Ultrasound should be considered if patients are:

  • under 50 years of age (first presentation)
  • pregnant

Or when investigation is required in patients who re-present with renal colic. 

We recommend using the Government of Western Australia Diagnostic Imaging Pathways for loin pain (renal colic)

The image below is linked to an easy-to-follow pathway of care to guide investigations for emergency patients presenting with renal colic.

Download our patient fact sheet on kidney stones

Flowchart providing guidance on the investigation of adult patients with renal colic

Patient fact sheet

Page last updated: 08 Oct 2021

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