A voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) exam is a radiology procedure that uses real-time X-ray fluoroscopy to produce images over time of your child’s urinary tract and bladder. By using fluoroscopic technique, your radiologist can see how these organs move and function together, while looking for any abnormalities.
VCUG consists of taking images of the bladder when it’s full and when it’s emptying to check for abnormalities. A contrast dye is introduced into the bladder through a thin, flexible tube inserted into the urethra and bladder while your child lies on their back on a fluoroscopy exam table. The child then empties their bladder while images are taken of the urinary tract during urination, giving the radiologist information about how the organs are functioning. More basic information on fluoroscopy is available in the About Fluoroscopy section.
A voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) exam is used to:
To schedule a VCUG, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the health care provider who referred you to ARA. Your health care provider will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days.
ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.