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Pediatr Radiol. 1993;23(6):478-80.

Ultrasound grading of hydronephrosis: introduction to the system used by the Society for Fetal Urology.

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Department of Radiology, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL 60614.


The Society for Fetal Urology (SFU) was founded in 1988 to study the postnatal evolution of prenatally detected anomalies of the urinary tract by following those neonates whose prenatal studies have brought them to medical attention while asymptomatic. The SFU has attempted to standardize methods of performing and grading the ultrasound and radionuclide examinations in this population. A system to grade upper tract dilatation or hydronephrosis (HN) imaged by ultrasound has been developed and is being used by SFU members in 36 institutions. The appearance of the calices, renal pelvis and renal parenchyma are key in determining the grade of HN and are illustrated in this article.

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