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Voiding Stress Cystogram

A cystogram is an x-ray examination of the urinary bladder, which is located in the lower pelvic area. A cystogram can show the bladder's position and shape, and the exam often is used to diagnose or rule out a prolapsed bladder. Cystograms also are used to detect polyps or tumors in the bladder. Iodine Contrast is put into the bladder through a catheter and radiographic images are taken with a fluoroscopic camera. You are required to stand for part of the test. The exam generally takes 30 minutes- 1 hour.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

  • You may eat, drink, and continue normal activity before the test.
  • A nurse will have to sterilize the area and start a catheter prior to the exam

For your safety, be sure to inform the technologists of:

  • Allergies you May Have
  • Pregnancy or Possible Pregnancy
  • Any Previous Surgery
  • Medications your Currently Taking

After your Test

You may resume your normal daily activities. Your radiographs will be reviewed by the radiologist, and your personal physician will receive a report of the findings. Your physician then will advise you of the results and discuss what further procedures, if any, are needed.