Diagnosis and management of kidney stones is dependent on high quality imaging and interventional techniques.
Recent work by the group revealed that there is still a wide variation in imaging used in the UK for patients with renal stones. There is now a strong body of evidence demonstrating that non-contrast CT scans have much better detection rates than other forms of imaging such as Xrays, ultrasound or Xrays with contrast (IVU)
In Oxford, all patients presenting with symptoms of stones are offered imaging with CT. This helps to plan optimum treatment.
Complex stone cases are discussed with specialist uro-radiologists at a weekly multidisciplinary meeting to determine best management.