Micturating Cysto-Urethrogram (MCU)

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Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU) refers to the process where the urinary bladder is evaluated for its capacity, shape, and size before and after passing urine. Any condition of urine reflux is also checked for in this process.

What is Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU)?

Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU) involves the use of a contrast to determine any problems in the urinary bladder.

  • The patient is asked to pass urine and undergo the X-ray scan.
  • The radiologist will then assess the X-rays of the urinary bladder to observe any changes in the size and shape.
  • The process also includes imaging of kidneys and ureter to check any reflux.

Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU) is an important process which determines the malfunctioning of the entire urinary tract.

How is Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU) performed?

Following are the steps involved in Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU):

  • The genitals are cleaned with a disinfectant solution, and a numbing gel is applied to desensitize the area.
  • With a catheter, the radiologist introduces the mixture of contrast and saline into the bladder through the urethra.
  • The contrast then fills up the bladder, and it is monitored through x-rays.
  • After the images are taken of the urinary bladder in different positions, the catheter is removed.
  • The patient is asked to empty the bladder, and the radiologist observes the changes through x-ray.

The patient is free to go home once the process completes.

Side effects/risks of Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU)

After Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU), some people may experience :

  • The patient may feel a sting while passing urine for a couple of days.
  • Kids may find it difficult to empty the bladder.
  • Rare cases of UTI may be reported.

Preparation before performing Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU)

The patient is asked to prepare as follows

  • Empty the bladder right before the test.
  • Sign a consent form before the procedure.

Post-care after Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU)

Patients need to follow these

  • Report any prolonged discomfort.
  • Drink lots of fluids.

At mfine, we help the patient to know all the preparations they need to do before they undergo Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU).

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