Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
Having barium (from a previous
barium enema test), gas, or stool in the bowel.
Being unable to urinate on command.
Pain caused by having the catheter in the urethra. This may
also cause problems with your urinary stream. You may have a muscle spasm or
not be able to fully relax the muscles that control your bladder.
A cystourethrogram is not usually done during pregnancy
because the X-rays could harm an unborn baby.
What To Think About
Other tests that use X-rays and
contrast material to look for problems in the kidney, bladder, and urethra
Retrograde urethrogram. This test is sometimes used to check for problems with a man's
urethra. A small quantity of contrast material is injected into the urethra
through a catheter. X-rays are then taken. This test can help find tears, scar
tissue, prostate narrowing, tumors, or malformations of the urethra.
Whitaker test. Also called a pressure/flow study, this test combines X-rays with
measurements of pressure and flow in the kidneys and ureters. It is used to
find the cause of blockage of the kidneys.
Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) IVP is commonly done
to diagnose certain diseases of the urinary tract (such as kidney stones,
tumors, or infection) and detect abnormalities of the urinary tract that were
present from birth (congenital). It can show the size, shape, and position of
the kidneys, the bladder, the ureters, and the urethra, and it can evaluate the
collecting system inside the kidneys. To learn more, see the topic
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP).
Other Works Consulted
Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis:
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009).
Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAvery L. Seifert, MD - Urology