Urogynecology Diagnostic Tests


During your first visit to our office, your doctor will conduct an interview and consultation followed by a physical exam directed towards your condition (usually involving a pelvic exam). After gaining adequate insight about your concerns, your doctor may recommend specialized testing.

Each of the following tests is available through our office:

Cystoscopy/urethroscopy

A diagnostic procedure that allows us to look inside of your urethra and bladder using a small-lighted scope. Special lenses and mirrors allow us to detect inflammation, stones or tumors of the bladder.

Ultrasound

A procedure that uses sound waves to study the anal sphincter, bladder, urethra, kidneys, ureters or other pelvic organs. Tumors and other pelvic masses, including abscesses, can be identified using ultrasound techniques.

Urodynamic testing

The name for a variety of tests that require a small catheter to be inserted into the bladder. The tests evaluate lower urinary tract function (bladder and urethra), including storing and emptying urine. These procedures are performed in the office.

Dynamic flouroscopy of the pelvic floor

A procedure using X-rays and contrast material (dye that shows up on X-rays). The X-rays are used to project an image of the organs on a fluorescent screen. The contrast material, placed in the rectum, vagina and bladder, allows us to measure the extent of prolapse during defecation. This test is relatively quick and painless.

Intravenous pyelography (IVP)

An X-ray procedure that examines the kidneys and ureters. Contrast material (dye that shows up on the X-rays) is injected in an IV, and X-rays are used to track the dye as it goes from the kidneys through the ureters to the bladder and out of the body.

Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG) of the pelvic floor

This testing evaluates nerve function of the pelvic floor. Small adhesive patches applied to various places on the body are used to determine the pelvic floor's muscle response to a series of small electrical impulses.

Anal manometry

A test that uses a small catheter within the rectum to determine how well the anal sphincter works.

Other diagnostic tests

Other diagnostic tests we might request for our patients that are not performed in our office include:

Dynamic cystoproctogram

A procedure that uses X-rays to measure the extent of prolapse

Urinalysis

A test that evaluates chemicals and cells in the urine

Urine culture

A test that determines whether a urinary tract infection (UTI) is present