At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To help diagnose and manage conditions affecting kidney (renal) function; may be used as part of general health screening or to screen someone who is at risk of developing kidney disease, or to follow someone with known kidney disease
When to Get Tested?
When you have signs and symptoms that suggest that you may have a condition affecting the function of your kidneys; when you are being treated for kidney disease; when you have certain risk factors for kidney disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm
Test Preparation Needed?
You may be instructed to fast for 8-12 hours (no food, only water) prior to the test.