Renal Transplant Biopsy
Renal transplant biopsy is performed to obtain a tissue sample from the transplanted kidney. The tissue sample obtained is examined under a microscope to detect rejection or other underlying renal disease. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which ultrasound is used to guide a biopsy needle into the transplant kidney. Ultrasound guidance of the needle tip is an advanced technique that has replaced "blind" renal biopsies previously performed. Patients will receive sedation and will need someone to drive them home afterward. After the procedure patients should avoid any strenuous physical activity for 24 to 48 hours. If palpitations, light-headedness, or worsening pain occur signifying possible delayed bleeding at the biopsy site, patients should go to their local emergency room.
As part of a leading academic medical center, UAB Radiology oversees or participates in clinical trials that may provide new opportunities for low-dose drugs, more effective tests, and other new techniques and treatments that are not available elsewhere in the area. The extensive experience and expertise of our radiologists and technologists help ensure that the most accurate and in-depth testing is used in evaluating and treating your condition. We use the latest interventional devices and most advanced imaging techniques, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, sonogram, and CT (computed tomography) scans. We perform an average of 7,600 CT scans and 3,600 sonograms each month, all while making your comfort and convenience our top priority. Our efficient, attentive staff and the availability of multiple imaging units will help your radiology visit go smoothly.
As a large teaching hospital, UAB Medicine is on the forefront of imaging equipment, and we frequently play a role in improving traditional and emerging imaging technologies, including some designed to reduce radiation exposure during tests. One example is the GE Healthcare CT 750 HD CT scanner, which is used at the UAB Radiology clinic to obtain high-definition images while reducing patients’ radiation exposure.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials
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