Ureteral Surgery | Tests & Diagnostics

At Boston Children's Hospital, we believe it is essential to undertake a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of your child’s condition before deciding whether to perform ureteral surgery. During the initial consultation, members of your child’s surgery team will perform a clinical evaluation. Your child's doctor may use one or more of the following tests to determine the severity of her obstruction in her ureter or vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) — and whether it will be necessary to undergo ureteral surgery:

  • ultrasound — This test gives us a good picture of your child’s urinary tract.
  • voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG): This special kind of x-ray is used to examine the anatomy of your child’s bladder and check for reflux.
  • computed tomography (CT) scan or MRI —These imaging tests can help your doctor get a more complete view of the condition that may require surgery.
  • other x-ray

After these tests are completed, members of your child’s medical team will review the results to finalize the surgical plan.

For more information about diagnosing reflux, see the page on vesicoureteral reflux (VUR). If you’d like more information about ureteropelvic obstructions, see the hydronephrosis page.