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Voiding Cystogram


A voiding cystogram is detailed X-ray exam of your bladder. The length of the exam is approximately 30-45 minutes. During this procedure, your bladder is filled with X-ray dye. The dye lets your bladder be seen more clearly on the X-ray images.

This test helps your doctor find bladder problems such as:

  • Kidney stones
  • Wounds or rupture of your bladder wall
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Blood clots
  • Tumors
  • Urethral issues


What should I do before my voiding cystogram?

Prior to beginning the exam you will be asked to empty your bladder.
Please tell your doctor if you:

  • Have any allergies to x-ray dye
  • Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant


What happens during my test?

You will change into a hospital gown and asked to lie on the x-ray table. A thin tube (catheter) will be placed into your urethra into your bladder. The dye will slowly be put through the catheter into your bladder. As your bladder fills with this liquid x-rays will be taken. You may feel the need to urinate and feel pressure. The catheter is then removed and you will be asked to urinate on a bed pan or in a urinal while x-rays are taken.


What happens after my test?

Drink plenty of water after the exam to help flush the dye out of your body. Your results will be sent to your ordering physician. Your doctor will discuss your test results with you and recommend more testing or treatment if you need it.


Call your doctor right away if you have:
Blood in your urine or signs of infection such as chills or fever.