Using video urodynamics helps a physician evaluate the severity and type of urinary incontinence by assessing the muscles used for urination, how the bladder stores urine and how the urethra releases it.
How it Works
X-ray images of the bladder are taken with a C-arm diagnostic device, or fluoroscope, while the bladder is filled with a contrast dye. The patient’s bladder is then emptied. The entire filling and emptying process is watched on a video screen to see if the muscles are functioning properly and to watch for any abnormalities in the bladder or urethra. Using pressure catheters, pressure in the bladder is measured by watching for contractions in the bladder wall.
Video Urodynamics can identify overactivity of the bladder, urethral function and bladder outlet problems. This allows the physician to diagnose problems with emptying the bladder (voiding) and counsel patients about the best treatment options.