Tests and procedures
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:
- Posterior urethral valves
- Urethral stricture
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- Bladder stones
- Bladder tumors
This test is similar to a VCUG, but is only used to diagnose vesicoureteral reflux. The test is done in a similar manner to the VCUG.
This is a non-invasive test that allows visualization of the bladder and kidneys. Sound waves are sent through the patient's body and the results give 2D images of the urinary tract. This test takes about 20 minutes.
This is a test that is used to determine kidney function. A special tracer is injected by intravenous and when injected will light up the kidney. The results of this test show areas of kidney infection or kidney damage. This test takes about one hour.
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.