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VCU/VCUG

Cystogram/Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCU/VCUG)

This is a study of the bladder and urethra to evaluate for bladder abnormalities or to evaluate for ureteral reflux after surgery.

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 radiologic technologist and a radiologist.

Cystogram: You will lie on the exam table, and a nurse will insert a foley catheter into the urethra. Contrast will be injected through the catheter into the bladder until completely full. Several images will be taken in various positions of the full bladder before the contrast is drained and the catheter is removed.

Voiding Cystourethrogram: You will lie on the exam table, and a nurse will insert a foley catheter into the urethra. Contrast will be injected through the catheter into the bladder until completely full. Several images will be taken in various positions of the full bladder before the catheter is removed. Upon removal of the catheter, towels will be placed under the pelvis, and you will be asked to void (urinate) on the table so that the urethra can be visualized.

The exam takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

What can I expect after the exam?

Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your exam.