What is Micturating Cysto-Urethrogram (MCU)?
Micturating Cysto-Urethrogram or MCU is an imaging test in which a contrast material is injected into the urinary bladder through catheter or injected into the blood which is delivered into the kidneys and eventually excreted in urinary bladder. A Computed Tomography is used to scan the urinary bladders during the entire process and create images of the bladder and urethra during filling up and emptying to assess its functioning and any disorders associated with it. This test is most commonly performed on children under six months of age, but can also be also be used for older children and adults with multiple recurrent urinary tract infections.
Why is Micturating Cysto-Urethrogram (MCU) done?
- • To assess urinary bladder and its functioning • To detect and diagnose problems like vesico-ureteric reflex where urine flows from the bladder back into the kidneys through the ureters • To detect and diagnose conditions affecting the lower urinary tract
Preparation for Micturating Cysto-Urethrogram (MCU)
- Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
- Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the X-ray.
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