A voiding cystourethrogram (say "sis-toh-you-REE-throh-gram") is an X-ray test. It takes pictures of your bladder and urethra while you urinate. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
This test is also called a VCUG.
This test is done to:
In children, this test is often done to check for a backflow of urine. Normally, urine goes from the kidney through the ureters to the bladder. If your child has a backflow of urine, it means that the urine goes from the bladder back into the ureters.
Tell your doctor if:
This test usually takes 30 to 45 minutes.
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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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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