Urodynamic testing assesses how well the bladder muscle works in conjunction with the urethra to store and release urine. This can help urogynaecologists diagnose and treat several conditions. There are many different urodynamic study tests, ranging from simple to advanced, including:
- Uroflowmetry: Measures the amount of urine and the flow rate. If the bladder muscle is weak or urine flow is obstructed, the test will return an abnormal result.
- Post void residual measurement: Measures the post void residual (urine left in your bladder after you go to the bathroom). This is done using ultrasound equipment and sound waves. A large post void residual can help diagnose issues with the bladder or urethra.
- Cystometric test: Also known as a cystometrogram (CMG), this test measures how much your bladder can hold. It also measures how much pressure builds up inside your bladder and how full your bladder is when you feel the urge to go to the bathroom.
- Leak point pressure measurement: Often performed in conjunction with a CMG, this test will record the pressure point of any leakages that may occur. The results of this test can provide information about certain types of bladder issues and evaluate your sphincter muscles.
- Video urodynamics: Urodynamic tests may be performed with equipment to take pictures of your bladder at all stages. This can be done with X-rays or sound waves. These pictures or videos will show the size and shape of the bladder and urinary tract to help understand and diagnose any issues you may be having.
All our urodynamics procedures are conducted with respect and sensitivity.