Ultrasound of bladder to measure urine capacity

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What is an Ultrasound of the Bladder to Measure Urine Capacity?

An ultrasound of the bladder is a procedure used to measure the bladder’s capacity for storing urine. This non-invasive procedure uses sound waves to capture images of the bladder and urinary tract.

Why Would I Get an Ultrasound of the Bladder to Measure Urine Capacity?

A doctor may recommended an ultrasound of the bladder if they suspect a change in urine capacity or bladder dysfunction. This procedure can help diagnose and monitor medication effectiveness, urinary problems, bladder stones, cystitis, and bladder cancer.

What Happens During an Ultrasound of the Bladder to Measure Urine Capacity?

Before the procedure, the patient may be asked to drink several glasses of water. Next, a clear gel is applied to the lower abdomen and a handheld device called a transducer is used to send sound waves. The sound waves create pictures of the bladder and surrounding organs which can be seen on a monitor. The whole procedure usually takes 15-45 minutes.

What to Expect After an Ultrasound of the Bladder to Measure Urine Capacity?

After the procedure is complete, the patient may experience some sensitivity in their abdomen. Results will be available after a few days.

Conclusion

An ultrasound of the bladder to measure urine capacity is a safe and non-invasive procedure used to measure bladder capacity and diagnose certain medical issues. The patient may experience some sensitivity in the abdomen, but this should pass shortly after the procedure. Results can be available after a few days.

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