How do doctors do an X-ray of the bladder and urethra while I urinate?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
A voiding cystourethrogram is performed while you are lying down on your back while a film of your abdomen and pelvic area is taken. Dye is placed into your bladder through a catheter. As your bladder is filling up with the dye, X-rays are taken in various positions and various time intervals. The catheter is then removed and additional X-rays are taken while you urinate into a container. Once your bladder is empty, a final X-ray is taken.

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