Your doctor will ask you questions about your medical history, what medications you are currently taking, and whether anyone in your family suffers from kidney stones.

Urine Culture

Your doctor may take a sample of your urine to see if there is an infection.


An x-ray shows certain types of kidney stones. Most kidney stones can be seen on an x-ray. This test is helpful for knowing what type of stone you may have. Other studies are often needed to determine the specific spot in the kidney where the stone is located.

A sonogram, also called an ultrasound, is a diagnostic technique that combines sound waves and computer imaging to view internal organs. This procedure provides a more detailed picture than you'd get from a single X-ray.