Nuclear Medicine Cystogram

This exam is used to identify reflux (backflow) from the bladder into the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder). This exam is commonly done on pediatric patients.

How do I prepare for the exam?

No preparation is needed for this exam.

What can I expect during the exam?

This exam is conducted by a specially registered technologist in Molecular Imaging and an RN.

An RN will place a catheter in your bladder. Once the catheter is in place, a radioactive isotope and saline (sterile water) are instilled into the bladder while you sit next to the camera and images are being obtained.

The exam will take about 60 minutes.

What can I expect after the exam?

Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your molecular imaging scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the molecular imaging department.

Your scan will be read by a radiologist specially trained in molecular imaging. A written report will be sent to your physician, who will contact you with results.