How It Feels
You will feel no discomfort from the
X-rays. The X-ray table may feel hard and the room may be cool. You may find
that the positions you need to hold are uncomfortable or painful.
You will feel a strong urge to urinate at times during the test. You may
also find it somewhat uncomfortable when the catheter is inserted and left in
place. You will have a feeling of fullness in your bladder and an urge to
urinate when the contrast material is injected. You may be sore afterward. If
so, soaking in a warm tub bath may help.
You may feel embarrassed
at having to urinate in front of other people. This procedure is quite routine
for the X-ray staff. If you find yourself feeling embarrassed, take deep, slow
breaths and try to relax.
You may feel burning when you urinate.
A cystourethrogram does not usually cause
problems. Occasionally this test may lead to a urinary tract infection. If the
contrast material is injected with too much pressure, there is some chance of
damage to the bladder or urethra.
There is always a slight chance
of damage to cells or tissue from radiation, including the low levels of
radiation used for this test. But the chance of damage from the X-rays is
usually very low compared with the benefits of the test.
people may have an allergic reaction to the contrast material.
After the test
After the test, you may need to urinate frequently, with some burning during and after urination for a day or two. Drink lots of fluids to help minimize the burning and to prevent a urinary tract infection.
A pinkish tinge to the urine is common for several days after a cystourethrogram. But call your doctor immediately if:
- Your urine remains red or you see blood clots after you have urinated several times.
- You have not been able to urinate 8 hours after the test.
- You have a fever, chills, or severe pain in your flank or abdomen. These may be signs of a kidney infection.
- You have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI). These symptoms include:
- Pain or burning upon urination.
- An urge to urinate frequently, but usually passing only small quantities of urine.
- Dribbling or leakage of urine.
- Urine that is reddish or pinkish, foul-smelling, or cloudy.
- Pain or a feeling of heaviness in the lower abdomen.