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So You're About to Get a VCUG...

 

What is a VCUG?

 

VCUG stands for Voiding Cysto-Urethrogram.

 

This test evaluates your child's bladder size, shape and capacity as well as the urethra. A VCUG can be used to determine if your child has reflux - a condition where urine from the bladder goes upward back to the kidneys.

 

A VCUG uses X-ray pictures to look for what may be causing problems in your bladder.

 

 

Why is a VCUG important?

 

  • Your pee stays in your bladder until you use the bathroom. Sometimes pee can go the wrong way and go back to your kidneys instead of coming out when you use the bathroom.

 

  • This test will show the doctors what is happening in your bladder.

 

 

What happens when you have a VCUG?

 

  • You will change into hospital pajamas and lay down on the x-ray bed.

  • Everyone else in the room will be wearing special clothes too. They will be wearing heavy vests.

  • Girls will make their legs like a butterfly with their fee together and their knees pointing outward.

  • The nurse will use brown soap and water to clean your private area. This will feel cold and wet. The nurse will have to do this a few times, you can help her keep count.

  • Next, the nurse will slide a tiny tube called a catheter inside your body, where the pee comes out. The tube is much smaller than the hole it is going into and it will have gel on it to make it go in easier. This may feel funny and a bit uncomfortable but it should not hurt.

  • A bag of special medicine called contrast will be attached to the tube. This will help the nurse see the pictures more clearly.

  • The contrast will travel from the bag through the tube and into your bladder.

  • The technologist will ask you to turn to the side to get different pictures of your bladder.

  • You will feel like you really have to pee and cannot hold it any longer.  You can tell the tech when you have this feeling. 

  • After your pictures are finished, the technologist will ask you to pee while lying on the x-ray bed.  Your pee and the tiny tube will come out. This will not hurt.

  • Keep in mind; this may be hard to do for older children and adolescents, as well as toddlers just finishing potty training.  You can help by running some water and encouraging your child.  Allow for as much privacy as possible for older children.

  • While the special medicine or contrast is coming out, more pictures will be taken to see how the pee moves.

  • Towels will be placed on the table so you don't get very wet.

  • Once you are all done, you can get cleaned up and put your clothes back on.

  • Your parent can stay with you the whole time.

 

 

What is your job during a VCUG?

 

  • Try to relax

  • Listen to the instructions of the nurses and techs

 

 

What helps during a VCUG?

 

Deep breathing or blowing bubbles

Singing or counting

Looking at a book or IPAD

Watching or looking away