If your child will be having the following tests done, it may be helpful for you and/or your child to know what to expect:
VCUG (voiding cysto urethrogram): This is a bladder test that is done by placing a small tube in the bladder through the urethra. The bladder is filled with an X-ray dye.
Conditions diagnosed by a VCUG include:
Radionuclide cystogram: The test is done in a similar manner to the VCUG, but is only used to diagnose vesicoureteral reflux.
Ultrasound: This is a non-invasive test that allows visualization of the bladder and kidneys.
DMSA Scan: This is a test that is used to determine kidney function.
MAG 3 Renal Scan: This is a similar test to a DMSA scan, except it also allows us to determine if there is any blockage.
The tracer is put into the urine and can be followed as it goes down into the bladder.
In patients who have any blockage or obstruction in the urinary tract, the test shows that the tracer does not drain. This test can take up to an hour and a half.