Need to Know
- You will be asked to sign a consent form before the procedure is performed
- You will be asked to change into a gown and socks for the procedure
- You will be asked to drain your bag if needed
- Tell your radiologist about any allergies, especially to contrast materials (x-ray dye)
- Inform your radiologist if you are pregnant
- Loopogram patients need to bring a spare bag
Nice to Know
- Following the procedure you will be able to resume normal activities.
- You should be healthy the day of the exam. You cannot have a fever or infection.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does It Work?
Using X-ray imaging and contrast material (often called “dye”) your doctor will insert a catheter into your fistula. This will allow your doctor to see how blood is flowing within the graft and check for blockages or blood clots.
What Happens — Before, During, and After?
You will be brought into the fluoroscopy room and positioned on the table on your back. The technologist will connect your foley catheter to the contrast tubing. The radiologist will begin administering contrast by gravity through your foley catheter while taking live imaging during the entire process. This imaging will document the flow of contrast into your bladder that we will share with your referring provider. The contrast will be emptied into your foley bag when the procedure is complete.
Images will be sent to your referring provider so you can continue your follow-up care.
How Should I Prepare?
When you arrive, make sure the clinical staff member and radiologist know about any allergies you may have, especially allergies to x-ray dye (contrast media). If there’s any chance you might be pregnant, tell your radiologist.
What Should I Bring?
On the day of your procedure you should:
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Avoid bringing jewelry or valuables
What Are the Benefits and Risks?
The benefits of Cystogram/Voiding Cystouretherogram/Pouch Study/Loopogram include:
- You will be provided with information regarding your bladder function
Risks you should be aware of include:
- You will receive a small dose of x-ray radiation
- You must inform us if you have had a previous allergy to x-ray contrast
Keep in mind that this information is general. Your radiologist is the best source of information about how these risks and benefits may apply to you.
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