Is radiology the ideal treatment for kidney disorders? An expert provides insight

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Kidneys are vital organs that filter blood and remove wastes and excess fluids to keep our body healthy. As part of the urinary system, the kidneys filter blood and create urine as a by-product and are essential for maintaining normal blood pressure.

According to the National Health Portal, 1 in 10 people are affected by kidney disease worldwide, while chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the 6th fastest growing cause of death.

What is Chronic Kidney Failure?

CKD is the gradual loss of kidney function over a period of time and leads to kidney failure when it fails to function to a specified limit.

Kidney disorders can be detected by symptoms such as fatigue, feeling dizzy, shortness of breath, etc. In the early stage of CKD, medications help control and regulate the signs. But sometimes the symptoms can be blurry and doubtful. Depending on the cause, some disorders can be alleviated.

There are basic procedures such as blood tests for GFR, urine tests for albumin, etc. to detect and subsequently treat kidney disease. Experts now recommend radiology, a minimally invasive method to help you recover quickly. According to them, it will also reduce pain in kidney failure or chronic kidney disease.

But how effective is radiology in treating kidney disorders?

In conversation with the Hindustan Times, radiologist MD Sunita Dube said, “For patients with kidney failure or chronic kidney disease, interventional radiology is a minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment option. Interventional radiologists diagnose and deliver precise treatment through a small tube or catheter, guided by advanced imaging as a safer and less painful alternative to surgery.

She further clarified that although there are many technologies in the treatment of kidney disorders and reflective modalities, old technologies are still essential for inspecting and diagnosing chronic kidney disease, for example – plain radiographs (x-rays ), ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), angiography, etc.

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