Voiding Cystounethrogram (VCUG)
This x-ray exam is performed to evaluate the bladder of both adults and children and to check for reflux from the bladder to the kidneys during voiding. The exam is often done to evaluate the cause for repeated Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's).
There is no prep required for this exam. You may eat and drink normally prior to the exam. You should also take any medications at your usual times.
This exam takes 20 - 30 minutes but may take longer depending on patient cooperation. 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. When you are on the x-ray table, a nurse will insert a small catheter into your bladder. The Radiologist will fill your bladder with x-ray contrast through the catheter. When you feel ready to void, you will be asked to void while on the table. The Radiologist will watch the voiding on a special TV camera attached to the x-ray unit so that he may observe the bladder and ureters (tubes from the kidneys to the bladder) as you void. A final picture will be taken after your finish voiding. You will then be able to go to the bathroom to clean up as needed. After dressing, you will be able to leave and resume your normal activities. The Radiologist will study the images and your physician will receive a report within 2-3 business days.
Anytime a catheter is placed in the bladder there is a chance for complications. You should contact your physician if you have any painful urination, difficulty urinating or fever. These could be signs of a urinary tract infection.