Voiding cystourethrogram for females (1442)

Key points below


Your child has been scheduled for an x-ray on (date)______________ at (time)______________ in the Imaging (Radiology) Department  on the first floor of Children’s Wisconsin Hospital.

Please stop at a Welcome desk for a badge and directions.

Come to the hospital at least 15 minutes before your child’s appointment time. 

What is a Cystourethrogram?

A cystourethrogram is a special x-ray to see the bladder and the urethra. The urethra is the opening from the bladder to the outside of the body. This test will also show how these work when your child pees (urinates).

The VCUG checks for vesicoureteral reflex (VUR). VUR is a backflow of urine from the bladder to the kidney(s). It can cause kidney infections in children with urinary tract infections.urinary tract

What do I need to know before the VCUG?

You will be given instructions when your appointment is scheduled. 

When you come to Imaging, someone will greet you. Your child will put on a hospital gown and robe. Then you will wait in the waiting area. A person skilled in taking x-rays, called a technologist, will come and talk with you about the test. Please be sure to ask any questions you have. 

How is it done?


The radiologist looks at all films at the end of each test. A report is sent to your child’s doctor. The radiologist may contact your child’s doctor before you leave the hospital. The doctor will discuss the results with you.

Tips for preparing your child for a VCUG

Children cope better when they understand what is happening and why. Getting a child ready for medical procedures in child-friendly terms can reduce fear and anxiety. 



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How can I help my child cope?


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child:

Has any signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection which can include:
A fever of 101.5° F (38.6° C).
Cloudy or bad smelling urine.
Pain when she pees.

  • Cannot pee for more than 8 hours after the test.
  • Has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.