Your physician has requested that a Nuclear Medicine cystogram be performed on you. This test is a simple, non-invasive way to evaluate your bladder and the ureters of your urinary system. The test consists of inserting a small tube (catheter) into the bladder and instilling through the catheter, into the bladder a sterile saline solution mixed with a small amount of radioactive material. The amount of radioactivity associated with this test is very small and much less than the other alternative x-ray studies.
Approximate study time 1.5 hours
To outline our requirements, you will:
- After registration report to Medical Imaging and check in.
- You will then be escorted to Nuclear Medicine.
- You will be escorted to the examining room.
- After changing into the hospital gown provided, your will be positioned on your back on a scanning table.
- A catheter will be placed into the bladder by one of our radiology nurses.
- The technologist will attach an IV to the catheter previously placed, it will carry sterile saline solution into your bladder.
- The bladder is filled until maximum tolerance has been reached.
- Pictures are made during the filling phase of the bladder.
- If the patient is a child they may be nervous. We fully appreciate your understanding and cooperation during the test, as we know it is stressful to both child and parent.
- Once the bladder is filled the patient will be positioned in an upright sitting position on a bedpan with his/her back to the camera.
- The technologist will instruct the patient to empty his/her bladder with the removal of the catheter. Pictures will be made during this voiding/emptying phase of the examination.
- Once the exam is complete you will be released from the Nuclear Medicine department.
- The Radiologist will then read the test and a report will be sent to the ordering physician.
Note: Inpatients will be transported to Nuclear Medicine.