VCUG (VOIDING CYSTOURETHROGRAM)

  1. This test will examine the opening used when you empty your bladder. There is no preparation for the test.
  2. IF THIS TEST IS FOR YOUR CHILD: Your child may or may not have a sonogram performed to examine the kidneys before the VCUG. During the sonogram, the technologist will rub some gel on the child's abdomen and take some pictures. Before the VCUG exam, a nurse will insert a small catheter into the child's bladder. Most children find this uncomfortable and scary. Be prepared for your child's reaction to this procedure. Children usually cry. A parent can accompany the child during the exam. You can help us by trying to calm your child, and telling them that we must complete the procedure and need them to help us. The Radiologist and the X-ray Technologist will take x-ray images of the bladder area. The radiologist will fill the bladder with a contrast fluid, and watch with the fluoroscopic equipment to see if there are abnormalities when the child empties the bladder. We will ask the child to try to "pee" on the table. This is an extremely difficult task for all age groups. If after some time, this is not accomplished, we will try to have the child urinate in the bathroom and take follow-up films.
  3. IF THIS TEST IS FOR AN ADULT: A catheter will be inserted into your bladder. The Radiologist will fill your bladder with a contrast fluid, and watch with the fluoroscopic equipment to see if there are abnormalities when you empty your bladder. IF YOU HAVE A CATHETER IN PLACE: The catheter will be used to insert the contrast fluid into your bladder.
  4. The X-ray technologist and the Radiologist will take x-ray images of your bladder area.
  5. Following your exam, you may eat and drink normally.