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A voiding cystourethrogram (say "sis-toh-you-REE-throh-gram") is a test that is done to see if there are problems with the urinary system. The test uses contrast fluid and X-rays so the doctor can see the size of the bladder and how the bladder fills and drains.
This test is done to:
Having a test can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your test.
This test isn't painful and you won't feel anything when the X-rays are taken.
You may find it somewhat uncomfortable when the catheter is inserted and while it's in place. You will have a feeling of fullness in your bladder and an urge to urinate when the contrast liquid fills your bladder.
You may be a little sore afterward from the catheter. If so, soaking in a warm tub bath may help.
After the test, you may also feel a slight burning when you urinate. This can happen when a little of the contrast liquid remains in the bladder. Drinking enough liquids will flush this out of your bladder and stop the burning feeling within a day or so.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 10/22/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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