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Cystogram Exam

What is it?

A Cystogram is an examination that takes pictures of your bladder and urethra and is performed by a Radiologist and assisted by an x-ray technologist. A thin flexible tube (catheter) is inserted through your urethra into your bladder. Contrast material is introduced into your bladder through the catheter, then x-rays are taken with the contrast material in your bladder. Additional x-rays may be taken while urine flows out of your bladder, in which case the test is called a voiding cystogram.

What will happen to me?

If you do not already have a catheter, you will be asked to arrive 30 minutes early and have a catheter placed by a nurse in the Emergency Room. You will then be escorted to an x-ray room and asked to lie on your back on an x-ray table. The x-ray technologist will introduce contrast material through the catheter until your bladder is full. You will asked to assume various positions while x-rays are taken.

After the test is over, drink lost of fluids to help wash the contrast material out of your bladder and to reduce burning on urination.

How long will this take?

The test will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

What will I feel, will this hurt?

You might feel a slight burning when the catheter is inserted. You will have a feeling of fullness in your bladder and and urge to urinate when the contrast material is injected.

What will the test show?

This examination will help determine the cause of repeated urinary tract infections, or urinary incontinence. It can also detect structural problems of the bladder and urethra.

How do I get ready?

You will need to arrive 30 minutes early and report to the Emergency Room to have a catheter placed unless you already have one. If the patient is a minor, a parent or guardian will need to accompany them and sign a consent form. No other preparation is needed. 

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