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Voiding Cystourethrogram

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) is an x-ray of your bladder and urethra while you urinate.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Before your procedure:

  • Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

During your procedure:

You will lie down on a table and an x-ray will be taken before the procedure. A catheter will be lubricated and gently inserted through your urethra into your bladder. Contrast dye 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 dye. 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.

After your procedure:

You will be able to go home or taken to your hospital room.

RISKS:

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may have some discomfort when you urinate after the procedure. Your bladder may be injured during the procedure.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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