- Ureters—tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder
- Urethra—the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body
|The Urinary Tract|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Vesicoureteral reflux —urine flows from the bladder back towards the kidneys
- Bladder distention—enlargement of the bladder
- Bladder irregularities, such as bladder cancer and incomplete voiding
- Urinary tract infection due to the catheter being inserted
- Bleeding due to the catheter being inserted
- Discomfort during urination, which may last several hours
- Allergic reaction to the contrast dye
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- The catheter is placed into the urethra
- The contrast dye goes into the bladder
- Resume your normal activities.
- Drink plenty of fluids. This will help flush the contrast dye from your bladder.
Call Your Doctor
- Blood in the urine that lasts longer than expected
- Discomfort during urination that lasts longer than expected
- Inability to urinate
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov
Urology Care Foundation http://www.urologyhealth.org
Canadian Urological Association http://www.cua.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Cystogram. Children’s Hospital of Chicago website. Available at: https://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/care-services/specialties-services/medical-imaging-radiology/diagnosis-services/nuclear-medicine/Pages/cystogram.aspx. Accessed January 12, 2015.
Cystogram. PeaceHealth website. Available at: http://www.peacehealth.org/peace-harbor/services/imaging-services/radiology/Pages/cystogram.aspx. Accessed January 12, 2015.
Cystogram or voiding cystogram (VCUG). Conemaugh Health System website. Available at: http://www.conemaugh.org/template%5Farticle.aspx?id=8210. Accessed January 12, 2015.
Radionuclide cystogram. American Urological Association website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/urology/index.cfm?article=81. Updated January 2011. Accessed January 12, 2015.
Schedule test: cystogram, voiding cystouretrhrogram or incontinence cystogram. PennMedicine website. Available at: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/radiology/patient/docs/Cystogram.pdf. Accessed January 12, 2015.
Your urinary system and how it works. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/Yoururinary. Updated January 22, 2014. Accessed January 12, 2015.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 04/29/2014 -