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Retrograde cystography is an imaging test that uses X-rays to see the bladder. X-rays are made of the bladder after it has been filled with a contrast dye. They dye lets the radiologist see your organ or tissues more clearly.
During retrograde cystography, dye is injected into the bladder. X-rays are taken of the bladder while it's filled with dye and again after the dye has drained. Retrograde cystography may show rupture of the bladder, as well as tumors, blood clots, or pouches in the wall of the bladder (diverticula).
Retrograde cystography may be done if you’ve had an abdominal injury to check whether the bladder has ruptured. Other conditions that may be checked by retrograde cystography include:
Your healthcare provider may have other reasons to recommend retrograde cystography.
You may want to ask your healthcare provider about the amount of radiation used during the test. Also ask about the risks as they apply to you.
Consider writing down all X-rays you get, including past scans and X-rays for other health reasons. Show this list to your provider. The risks of radiation exposure may be tied to the number of X-rays you have and the X-ray treatments you have over time.
Tell your provider if:
You are at risk for a bladder infection because a thin tube (catheter) is put into your bladder during the test. The catheter may also cause bleeding or hematuria.
You should not have retrograde cystography if you:
You may have other risks depending on your specific health condition. Be sure to talk with your provider about any concerns you have before the procedure.
You may have a retrograde cystography as an outpatient or during a hospital stay. The way the test is done may vary depending on your condition and your healthcare provider's practices.
Generally, a retrograde cystography follows this process:
You do not need any special care after a retrograde cystography. You may go back to your usual diet and activities, unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
You should drink extra fluids for a day or so after the procedure. This will help clear the dye from your system. It also helps prevent bladder infection.
You may have some mild pain when you urinate or see a pink tinge to your urine for a day or 2 after the procedure. This is normal after you’ve had a catheter.
Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:
Your healthcare provider may give you other instructions, depending on your situation.
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