URINARY TRACT TESTS AND EVALUATION

Published: June 3, 2006
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The following tests evaluate your urinary system and diagnose complications. Your Physiatrist, or the urologist assigned to you, will determine whether any of these tests are appropriate for you.

History/Physical exam will be done by your physician.

Urine Culture and Sensitivity Test/Urine Analysis may be done to check for infection of the bladder. In this test, a urine sample is checked for the amount of bacteria, type of bacteria, and the antibiotics which will be most effective in killing the bacteria.

Blood Tests help determine the level of kidney function.

Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray of the kidney to determine its structure and function.

Cystogram (CG) is an X-ray of the bladder to show its contours and if Reflux is present.

Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCU) is an X-ray of the bladder, taken while voiding, to show the contours of the bladder and the function of the bladder neck, external sphincter muscle, and urethra.

Cystoscopy is a direct examination of the bladder through an instrument called a cystoscope. Done by a urologist, a cystoscopy can detect infection of the bladder and bladder stones. Cystoscopy can also determine how well the bladder is emptying.

Urodynamic Studies are special tests for bladder function which help your urologist determine the best program of urinary tract management for you.

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