There are no special steps to take before a cystogram. However, it is important that you tell your doctor if you:
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
flu, or have recently been around people who are sick
Are allergic to contrast material
Take diabetes medication
Description of the Procedure
You will be asked to lie on a table. A catheter will be inserted into the urethra and positioned into the bladder. A contrast material will be inserted through the catheter and into the bladder to fill it. When your bladder is full, x-rays will be taken of the ureters, bladder, and urethra. You will be asked to remain still while the images are taken. You may also need to move into different positions.
If your doctor needs to see how your urethra is functioning, you may be asked to urinate into a bedpan while x-rays are taken. Additional images may be needed after you have emptied your bladder.
The catheter will be removed during the procedure.
Cystogram. Children’s Hospital of Chicago website. Available at:
https://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/care-services/specialties-services/medical-imaging-radiology/diagnosis-services/nuclear-medicine/Pages/cystogram.aspx. Accessed March 7, 2018.
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The urinary tract and how it works. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at:
https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/urinary-tract-how-it-works. Updated January 2014. Accessed March 7, 2018.