What is a Cystogram?
A cystogram is a fluoroscopic procedure used to examine the urinary bladder. Water-soluble contrast solution is injected into the bladder via a Foley catheter and images are taken using fluoroscopy. A cystogram may indicate how well the bladder empties during urination and whether any urine backs up into the kidneys. After bladder or prostate surgery, cystograms are performed to check for leaks.
How do I prepare for the exam?
At the time of study, you will change into the hospital gown. You will be asked to remove jewelry or objects that may interfere with the procedure.
What can I expect during the examination and what are my after are instructions?
Contrast is allowed to flow into the bladder under gravity through the Foley catheter. Real time fluoroscopy is performed and images of the bladder are taken.
For aftercare, a follow-up with urology is typical.
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