Voiding Cystoureterogram

You have been scheduled for a voiding cystoureterogram, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. For small children we request that you first go to your doctor to have a catheter put in place. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
Once in the scan room you will be asked to lie on a table. A nurse will place a urinary catheter in you if one is not already in place. We will then drip a radioactive tracer with saline into your bladder. We need to fill your bladder as much as possible, so you may become uncomfortable during the test. Once you say you cannot hold any more fluid we sit you up and remove the catheter. You will then urinate into a bedpan. A special detector called a gamma camera will be taking images the whole time.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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