X-ray - MICTURATING CYSTOURETHROGRAM (MCUG)

X-ray - MICTURATING CYSTOURETHROGRAM (MCUG)

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A Micturating Cysto-urethrogram (MCU) is a study using X-rays that shows the bladder and urethra while passing urine. The test is performed to find out if the urine goes from the bladder back up to the kidneys instead of out through the urethra, known as vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR). This can be the cause of recurrent urinary tract (in the bladder or kidneys) infection and kidney damage. The test also shows how the bladder empties and what the urethra looks like.How does CT work? CT uses X-rays to perform its work. These X-rays come from an X-ray tube which is placed inside a square machine called the gantry. The part of your body to be scanned goes inside a hole in this gantry. Why is CT such a good modality? Ordinary X-ray pictures are one-dimensional representations of body parts but CT allows us to section the body to view its inner parts. Thus, the skull X-ray only shows us the outer part, whereas CT shows us the inner parts of the brain. Where is CT useful? All parts of the body can be scanned with CT. For each part, there are specific indications or reasons for scanning. Your referring doctor and the consultant radiologist are the best judges of the usefulness of CT scanning in a specific situation and areas. Are there any dangers of CT scanning? Though X-rays involve radiation, there are no dangers, in practice. In women who are pregnant, however, CT scanning should be done after weighing all the risks. What is the injection that I may receive? Majority of the patients will be injected with a "dye" which enhances the ability of CT scans to pick up abnormalities. This is routine. The dye used is a non-ionic contrast medium, which is much safer than the routine, cheaper, ionic dyes. Are there any complications because of the "dye"? 0.5% of patients may get nausea and redness of the skin. Though severe reactions are known, these are very rare and uncommon.


Why is X-ray - MICTURATING CYSTOURETHROGRAM (MCUG) done ?

A MCUG is a special type of X-ray test that looks inside your baby’s or child’s body while he or she is passing urine (weeing). Both ‘micturating and ‘voiding’ means passing urine. The test looks at the bladder, which stores urine, and the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. A long thin tube called a catheter is put through the urethra and into the bladder. Contrast dye is used, which can show the flow of urine. The MCUG can check whether the flow of urine from your child’s bladder is being blocked, or whether it goes up the wrong way. It can help diagnose some conditions, including vesicoureteral reflux and posterior urethral valves.

X-ray - MICTURATING CYSTOURETHROGRAM (MCUG) Instructions

CCO:
No prior preperation is required.Ask if the patient is pregnant.

SLAs:
For XRay test scheduled before 2 PM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same day
For XRay test scheduled after 2 PM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day

FACILITATOR:
No specific instructions

SLAs:
For XRay test scheduled before 2 PM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same day
For XRay test scheduled after 2 PM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day

Why is X-ray - MICTURATING CYSTOURETHROGRAM (MCUG) ?

X-rays Micturating Cysto-urethrogram (MCU) is a study that shows the bladder and urethra while passing urine. The test is performed to find out if the urine goes from the bladder back up to the kidneys instead of out through the urethra, known as vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR). This can be the cause of recurrent urinary tract (in the bladder or kidneys) infection and kidney damage. The test also shows how the bladder empties and what the urethra looks like.How does CT work?