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How to prepare for your voiding cystogram
(bladder and urethra x-ray)
A voiding cystogram (bladder/urethra x-ray) investigates what happens to fluids in the bladder and as they exit via the urethra. There is no preparation that you have to do before you arrive at the center.

What to expect at your appointment
When you arrive at the Imaging Center, you will fill out some papers and answer some questions. You will change into a gown and then lie on a special table.

A nurse will insert a catheter into your bladder through your urethra. You may experience some discomfort with this insertion, but it will be tolerable.

Then a contrast medium will be inserted into your bladder through the catheter. This will fill your bladder, so if you feel as if you have to urinate, this is normal. The radiologist and technologist will take x-rays of your bladder when it is full.

Then they will remove the catheter and you will void your bladder as they take more pictures.

The exam takes about 30 minutes.

What to expect after the exam
You will be able to resume your normal activities after your exam.

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Downloadable forms to save time at your appointment
If you have a printer attached to your computer, you may click on these links to download printable forms to complete at home and bring to your appointment. If you do not have access to a printer or do not wish to download these forms, you will receive these same forms when you come to SIRA for your appointment.

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