A CT urogram is a special type of CT scan that is used to visualize the urinary tract. This includes the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. CT urograms are often used to diagnose problems with the urinary tract, such as kidney stones or urinary tract infections.
Types of CT urograms:
There are two main types of CT urograms: contrast-enhanced CT urograms and non-contrast CT urograms.
Contrast-enhanced – A contrast-enhanced CT urogram in New Jersey uses intravenous contrast material to help visualize the urinary tract. This type of CT urogram is the most sensitive and specific for detecting problems with the urinary tract. There are two types of CT urograms:
– intravenous urography (IVU): this is the most common type of CT urography. IVUs are performed using a contrast agent. The contrast agent is a dye that highlights the kidneys and urinary tract in the images. The contrast agent is injected into your child’s arm through an IV.
– voiding CT urography (VCUG): this is usually done only if your child has a urological condition that is difficult to diagnose with an IVU. VCUGs are performed using a contrast agent, which is injected into your child’s bladder. Your child will then be asked to urinate into a toilet to remove the contrast agent.
Non-contrast – A non-contrast CT urogram does not use intravenous contrast material. This type of CT urogram is less sensitive and specific for detecting problems with the urinary tract, but it may be used if the patient is unable to receive contrast material.
How to prepare for a CT urogram:
If you are scheduled for a CT urogram, you will need to take some time to prepare for the exam. This includes fasting for several hours before the exam and drinking plenty of fluids. You will also need to have somebody else drive you home after the exam, as the contrast material can make you feel dizzy and lightheaded.
What to expect during a CT urogram:
During a CT uogram, you will lie on a table while the CT scanner takes pictures of your urinary tract. The exam is usually painless, although you may feel a sensation of fullness from the contrast material. The exam will take about 30 minutes to complete.
A CT urogram is a special type of CT scan that is used to visualize the urinary tract. This exam is often used to diagnose problems with the urinary tract, such as kidney stones or urinary tract infections.