This is an x-ray exam of your kidneys, ureters (tubes which carry the urine from the kidneys to the bladder) and bladder. This test may be ordered for hematuria (blood in your urine), repeated urinary tract infections, possible kidney stones or abdominal pain.
Purchase a Fleet Prep Kit from your pharmacy at least 3 days prior to your exam. Follow the instructions for the 48-hour preparation. Be sure to read the instructions well in advance of starting the prep kit and call the Radiology department at 706-867-4142 if you have any questions regarding the prep for the exam. If you do not follow the kit as instructed, your colon may not be cleansed well enough to allow the radiologist to see the kidneys (which on the x-ray lie behind the colon).
Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum after midnight prior to your exam, or for at least 6 hours prior to your scheduled time.
If you take a prescription medicine containing metformin (Glucophage, Glucovance, Avandamet, Metaglip) you will not be able to take that medication for 48 hours after the exam. Consult your physician for instructions.
This exam takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. It could take longer depending on your body's response.
When you arrive at the hospital, sign in at the front desk in the main lobby. Your personal information and insurance information will be taken by one of the admissions personnel. Then you will be called back to the radiology department and asked to change into a hospital gown. A technologist will ask you questions about you medical history and your current condition and ask you to sign a consent form for IV contrast (x-ray "dye")
A small needle and catheter will be placed in your arm or hand and the IV contrast injected through this IV access. You may feel a slight flushing or warmth as the dye enters the body, this is normal, and however if you feel any other symptoms let the technologist know immediately. The contrast will enter the body and be filtered by the kidneys. This allows the technologist to take x-rays of the kidneys with the contrast in them. It will also allow the technologist to take continued images to see how the contrast progresses from the kidneys to the bladder. You will be asked to void after the contrast has reached the kidneys and an image of the bladder will be taken after you void.
The radiologist will study the x-rays and dictate a report for your physician. Your physician will have the results with 2-3 working days.