What’s a Video Cystometric Dynamic Test? | Depend
My doctor has ordered a video cystometric dynamic test. What is it and what should I expect?
Urodynamic testing measures how well the bladder fills and empties, the sensation in the bladder, and the coordination of the sphincter to relax when the bladder contracts. The video cystometric test uses a catheter and contrast dye, as well as fluoroscopy (a form of x-ray), to visually monitor the filling and
emptying of the bladder. A technician will insert a catheter and fill the bladder with saline first for the urodynamic testing and then add the contrast dye .The pictures and videos that result from the test provide the doctor with precise measurements of the size of the bladder when it is full and empty, as well as the angle of the bladder when it leaks. This is a non-invasive procedure that only requires a local anesthesia when the catheter is inserted.
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