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Voiding Cystourethrogram Vcug
Uncomfortable: Passage of catheter is not very pleasant. Radiologist can use Lidocaine anesthetic gel. Voiding during and first void after study may sting a little. Essentially not painful. Request addition of antibiotic like gentamicin to the xray contrast fluid used to reduce risk of introducimg a uti. ...Read more
Urethrogram 2 ways: Urethra filled by retrograde instillation of x-ray contrast, in males, through a foley catheter inflated just inside urethral opening or with a special retrograde urethrogram device attached to a syringe filling urethra and bladder until bladder full & patient voids. Or in both sexes bladder filled via a catheter which is then removed & urethra then filled from below by syringe.Best urethral pics. ...Read more
Urinary problems: A retrograde urethrogram is when a tiny catheter is put into the opening of the urethra (penis in males) and pictures are taken as the dye is injected backwards. A voiding study is the opposite, contrast is put into the bladder with a catheter and pictures are taken as the patient pees the contrast out. ...Read more
Dye to &from bladder: Retrograde urethrogram performed be retrograde instillation of urographic contrast medium (dye) from urethral meatus (opening) backwards up the bladder. Voiding cystourethrogram is performed by having a small catheter passed up urethra into th bladder which is then filled with contrast until full and subject then urinates whilst entire study is monitored by xray fluoroscopy. ...Read more
Fluoroscopic study: Fluoroscopic imaging of bladder and urethra. Usually small catheter is placed through urethra into the bladder. This hurts slightly for a few seconds. Contrast material is placed by gravity via catheter into bladder filling up bladder until patient gets urge to void. Patient then is also imaged voiding. ...Read more
Bladder+urethra xray: Vcug is a fluroscopic xray stud to demostrate bladder + urethra during filling + voiding. Catheter is introduced into the bladder which is slowly filled with xray contrast material, ideally with antibiotic to avoid causing a uti. Subject can hopefully urinate when bladder is full. Study demonstrates bladder + urethral abnormalities such as bladder reflux, outpouching diverticula, +voiding dynamics. ...Read more
Xray of bladder and: Urethra. Performed by passage of small catheter into bladder which is filled urographic contrast medium (like a dye) until it is full. Subject then urinates and entire study is monitored by xray fluoroscopy. Will demonstrate bladder reflux or diverticula or any urethral abnormalities. ...Read more
Lower UT X-Ray: Voiding cysto-urethrogram or VCUG is an xray study of bladder and urethra. Performed by instilling radio-opaque contrast medium, via a small caliber catheter, into the bladder. Subject then empties their bladder as the catheter is removed or around the catheter. Study is monitored by fluoroscopy. Anatomy of bladder and urethra, as well as ureter if reflux present, is demonstrated. ...Read more
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Catheterized for a VCUG yesterday. Ive been having bleeding & sharp pain w/ urination that feels like I'm urinating glass or knives. What do I do now?
It's a relatively : Common procedure so try not to be nervous. Voiding cystourethrogram is a technique for watching a person's urethra and urinary bladder while the person urinates. The technique consists of catheterizing the patient in order to fill the bladder with contrast. Under fluoroscopy (real time x-rays) the radiologist watches the contrast enter the bladder. ...Read more
Two Studies: Vcug (voiding cystourethrogram) is a study in which the bladder is filled with contrast and then voiding is observed under realtime xray (fluoroscopy). Vcug can detect abnormalities including urine reflux up the ureters and bladder diverticula. Renal ultrasound is also often obtained to determine if the kidneys appear healthy and if there is hydronephrosis or obstruction to the flow of urine. ...Read more
Maybe. : There may be minimal discomfort when the catheter is inserted. As with all procedures for which there may be discomfort/pain, the degree/intensity depends upon the patients' pain threshhold, and in this case how easily the catheter can be inserted through the urethra into the bladder. ...Read more
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