Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Mayo Clinic uses several diagnostic tests to identify diabetic nephropathy and other kidney problems. These include:

  • Blood tests. You will need blood tests to monitor your diabetes and determine how well your kidneys are working.
  • Urinalysis. Urine samples provide information about your kidney function and whether there are high levels of a protein called microalbumin in your urine.
  • Renal imaging. Specialists may use ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine how well blood is circulating within your kidneys. X-rays may be used to detect whether your kidneys have structural abnormalities.
  • Renal function testing. Doctors can assess your kidneys' filtering capacity using renal analysis testing. Mayo Clinic offers exceptionally precise measurement of the glomerular filtration rate — a very accurate measure of overall renal function.
  • Kidney biopsy. Doctors may want to examine your kidney tissue. For this procedure, a needle is used to extract small pieces of kidney tissue for examination under a microscope.

Read more about urinalysis, ultrasound, MRI and kidney biopsy.

May 28, 2014