Radionuclide Cystogram

Also known as: RNC.

What is a radionuclide cystogram?

Radionuclide cystogram is an imaging test that are used to check the function of the urinary tract and the bladder. It’s a nuclear medicine test that involves using a radioactive material in order to add clarity to the images related to the test.

What happens during the procedure?

The patient lies down on a table, and a catheter is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder. Radioactive liquid is used to fill the bladder until the patient feels a full sensation. Then the scan is conducted. You may be asked to urinate during the scan.

Is any special preparation needed? 

No special preparation is needed for the test.

What are the risk factors?

Urinary tract infection or damage to the urethra or bladder are potential risks of the catheter. The risks of radiation exposure are mild.

Reviewed by: Felix I Ramirez-Seijas, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/10/2018 9:57:01 AM

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