Cystogram & VCUG

What: A cystogram is an exam used to check for problems of the bladder and lower urinary tract. A VCUG or Voiding Cystourethrogram is a functional study of the bladder and the urethra. VCUG studies are common for children and you may wish to follow this link to review our pediatric VCUG information.

What to expect: During your study, a small catheter (a thin, flexible, hollow tube), will be inserted into the bladder via the urethra. Contrast is injected into the tube to fill the bladder. You will be asked to hold your bladder while the radiologist or Radiologist’s Assistant takes X-rays. This is necessary to fully view the bladder. If we are also examining the urethra, after taking X-rays of your bladder, you will be asked to empty your bladder while the Radiologist’s Assistant captures more images using the X-ray. This study takes approximately 45 minutes.