A urethrogram is an x-ray examination of the bladder and urethra. These structures are difficult to see on x-rays, so a contrast material is used to highlight these organs. The contrast material is introduced into the bladder through a urinary catheter.
No preparation is required.
During the exam, you will need to lay on the x-ray table. The contrast material will be injected into the bladder through the catheter in urethra and the Radiologist will be able to watch the bladder fill with the fluoroscopy machine. When the bladder is full of the contrast material, the radiologist will take several x-rays and may ask you to move in different positions for these x-rays. The technologist will then remove the catheter and you will be encouraged to empty your bladder into a urinal. The radiologist will most likely be taking x-rays while you are emptying your bladder.
After the exam, you may resume normal eating and drinking. The contrast material is a colorless liquid that is excreted in the urine so you won't notice it. There are no restrictions after examination. The reports will be available on next day or within 24 hrs.
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