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Voiding Cystogram (VCUG) - Nuclear Medicine

Voiding cystograms are performed in Nuclear Medicine to detect the presence or absence of ureteral reflux.

Before the Procedure

  • Before the test, you should tell your physician if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • No special preparation is necessary for this test.

During the Procedure

  • A catheter will be placed in your bladder.
  • Your bladder will then be filled with saline and a small amount of a radioactive substance (tracer).
  • Pictures will be taken while the bladder is filling, once the bladder is full and as you empty your bladder.

After the Procedure

  • After the test, you can resume your normal activities.
  • Increase your fluid intake, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Thank you for letting us perform your examination. Your images will be interpreted by Regional Diagnostic Radiologists (RDR). It is our goal to have the report available to your provider within 24 hours.

Your provider has requested we inform you that it make take him/her three to five working days before they notify you with results. If you have not been notified by the fifth working day, you may call your provider for the results. If you already have a follow-up appointment scheduled with your provider, they may wait to inform you of your results at that time.

If you have any questions about your examination, please call your provider.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

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  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO