Vcug (Voiding Cystourethrogram)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.
What do I need to know about a VCUG (voiding cystourethrogram)?
A VCUG is an x-ray of your bladder and urethra while you urinate.
How do I prepare for the VCUG?
Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for the VCUG.
What will happen during the VCUG?
You will lie down on a table and an x-ray will be taken before the procedure. Your healthcare provider will lubricate and gently insert a catheter into your bladder. Contrast liquid will be put through the catheter into your bladder so it shows up clearly on the monitor. X-rays will be taken at different angles while your bladder is full of contrast liquid. The catheter will be removed so you can urinate. More x-rays will be taken while you urinate and once your bladder is completely empty.
What are the risks of a VCUG?
You may bleed or get an infection. You may have some discomfort when you urinate after the procedure. Your bladder may be injured during the procedure.
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