A (computerized topography) or CT urogram uses medical imaging to examine the urinary tract, including the kidneys and bladder. Compared to a CT scan of the abdomen, your CT urogram will specifically examine your urinary tract and look for any obstructions. A CT Urogram can diagnose several conditions that may exist within the urinary tract, such as:
- Bladder cancer
- Bladder irregularities
- Bladder stones
- Bladder infections
- Ureteral tumors
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Kidney stones
- Kidney infections
What to Expect During Your Procedure
During the CT urogram procedure, your radiologist will use a contrast dye by injecting it into a vein in your hand or arm. This contrast dye will outline the structures within your urinary tract, showing enhanced details of your soft tissues and blood vessels. The CT scan is noninvasive, and requires the patient to lay inside of a machine as it takes cross-sectional or 3D images of the urinary tract. The contrast material injected into your hand or arm may briefly give you the urge to urinate and may leave a metallic taste in your mouth. Your CT urogram will take around 90 minutes to complete.
What to Know Before Your Procedure
As with all CT scans, we ask you to remove all jewelry, hairpins, or other metal accessories before we begin imaging. This will prevent an interference with the scan and will help give your radiologist an accurate image of your urinary tract. Before the procedure, you and your doctor will discuss your medical history, including any allergies, kidney disease, prior organ transplantation, amongst other medical factors.
Count on ImageCare Radiology to provide excellent, attentive care while you receive a CT urogram, or CT scan abdomen at our facility. Contact the specialists at ImageCare Radiology to schedule your CT urogram appointment and to learn more about our services.