Retrograde Urethrogram

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About Retrograde Urethrogram

A Retrograde urethrogram (RUG) is a diagnostic procedure performed most commonly in male patients to diagnose urethral pathology such as trauma to the urethra or urethral stricture.

It is a commonly used procedure in reconstructive urology for operative planning as well as a follow-up procedure after urethral reconstruction. 

Your appointment and preparation

A referral from your doctor and an appointment are required for a Retrograde Urethrogram examination.

Please advise us if you have had a previous allergic reaction to x-ray contrast.

What can I expect during a Retrograde Urethrogram?

Before the procedure begins you will be asked to change from your clothes into a simple gown so that folds of clothing and metal fasteners do not interfere with obtaining clear x-ray images

A thin, flexible tube called a catheter will be gently inserted using a lubricant into the bladder through the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body).

Once the catheter has been inserted x-ray contrast is injected through the catheter and into the bladder so that the bladder can be seen on the X-ray images. You may be asked to roll slightly from side to side so different parts of the bladder or urethra can be imaged.

What are the risks and side effects?

It is normal to feel some irritation with urination for 24 to 48 hours following the procedure. You may also note a small amount of blood in the urine. Infection resulting from this procedure is extremely rare, on rare occasions, a person may have an allergic reaction to the contrast dye

X-rays require the use of ionising radiation.  As with all x-rays, there is always a slight risk as you will receive a small dose of radiation.  X-rays are only performed where it is deemed the benefit of the examination will outweigh any potential risks. At Lake Imaging you can be assured that using the latest technology and with staff trained in radiation reduction techniques, radiation doses are kept as low as reasonably possible.  Our state of the art x-ray equipment uses minimal amounts of x-rays to produce the best quality images for a diagnosis.

If it is possible that you may be pregnant, please tell our radiology team before your x-rays are taken to avoid any risks to your unborn child.

If you are worried or concerned about having x-rays you should discuss this with your referrer before coming for your examination.

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Who will perform my Retrograde Urethrogram and write the report?

At Lake Imaging your examination will be carried out by a Radiologist (a medical doctor specialising in the interpretation of medical images), who will then prepare and send a report to your referring doctor detailing the findings of your examination.

What should I expect after my examination?

Once your examination is complete you will be free to leave and return to normal activity. You may drive yourself home and eat and drink normally.

How do I obtain my results?

If medically urgent, or you have an appointment immediately after your examination to see your referring doctor or health care provider, Lake imaging will arrange to have your results available immediately.  Otherwise, your referring doctor or health care provider will receive your report within 48 hours of your Retrograde Urethrogram.

Please ensure that you make a follow up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your results.