Cystogram (Static or Voiding)

How do I prepare?

No prep necessary

What will the exam be like?

You will be instructed to change into a gown. This is to remove all metal from the area of interest. This also will protect your clothes from getting stained. The technologist will greet you and ask a few questions about your identity and the reason you are being tested. If you are allergic to iodine, please let your technologist know at this time. The technologist will have you lie on your back on the x-ray table. A nurse will come in and insert a urinary catheter through the urethra and into your bladder so that iodinated contrast (x-ray dye) can be injected. As the bladder is filling with the contrast, the technologist will be taking x-ray images with you in various positions and at various time intervals. The catheter is then removed and additional images are taken while you urinate into a container. Once the bladder is emptied, the technologist will take one final image. This test takes about 1 hour to complete. Once your exams are read by our radiologists, it usually takes two to three business days for your doctor to get a copy of your report.

What do I do after the exam?

Unless you are on a fluid restricted diet, drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day for the next two days. You may return to routine daily activities. Any questions or concern please contact your doctor or call the x-ray department at 356-8117.