A patient is scheduled to undergo an ultrasound to evaluate a renal mass. The nurse understands that an ultrasound is ordered, as opposed to other tests, because:

It can differentiate a cyst from a solid mass.

Explanation

• A renal ultrasound is advantageous because it can differentiate a cyst from a solid mass.

• There are other tests that are non-invasive and inexpensive, but the ultrasound allows the provider to narrow down the diagnosis.

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