Renogram and Micturating Cystogram (MCU)

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Renogram and
Cystogram (MCU)
Nuclear Medicine
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If you’d like a large print, audio, Braille or a
translated version of this leaflet then please call:
01253 955588
Our Four Values:
People Centred
What is a renogram?
A renogram is a test of the function of your
kidneys. You will be given an injection of a
small amount of radioactivity that will go to
your kidneys and then pass to your bladder.
This enables us to see your kidneys on the
camera and assess how well they are
working. The injection will not make you feel
any different. You will be lying on the scan
table as we give you the injection and we will
start taking pictures immediately for up to 40
minutes. You will need to keep very still
during this time. If the scan is for your child
then, depending on the age of your child,
you may be asked to attend the children's
ward for a cannula needle to be inserted
ready for the test. Please check your
appointment letter which will tell you where
to attend for your appointment.
Once all of the radioactive tracer is in your
bladder we will then need to do an
additional scan called a micturating
cystogram. This involves you sitting on a bed
pan with your back against the camera and
emptying your bladder whilst we take
pictures. This will show if any of the
radioactive tracer goes back up to your
kidneys while you empty your bladder. If you
have any queries, or are unable to keep this
appointment, please telephone the
department as soon as possible. This will
enable us to offer this appointment to
another patient on our waiting list. We are
available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on
01253 953919.
Do I need to prepare for the
You will be able to eat and drink as normal
on the day of your scan. Please make sure
that you have several drinks before your
appointment so that you are well
hydrated.You can empty your bladder as
There is no need to get undressed for the
There is no need to stop any of your
medication prior to your scan. The injection
will not react with any medications.
Do I need to do anything special after the
After your scan you will be able to eat and
drink normally. Nearly all of the radioactive
tracer will be out of your body by the end of
the test. The rest will disappear naturally.
How will I get the results of my scan?
The results will be sent to the hospital
consultant who referred you for the scan.
Some doctors will write to you with the
results of the scan and some will send you an
appointment to come back to the outpatient
How safe is the injection?
The injection contains a small amount of
radioactive tracer which emits gamma rays
(these are similar to X-rays). We use the
smallest dose possible to provide as much
information as we can about your condition.
The radiation dose is very low and is similar
to the natural background radiation we all
receive from the environment over a period
of 12 weeks.
The results of your scan will give your doctor
useful information about your condition and
will help them plan your treatment. The
benefits of having the scan far outweigh
the small radiation dose you will receive.
Further guidance has been published by
Public Health England.
Visit website
Is there anything I should tell the staff before
the injection?
If you are female please tell us if you are or
may be pregnant.
If you are breast feeding please ring the
department a few days before your
Additional Information
Directions to X-ray Central
X-ray Central is situated off the main hospital
corridor and is signposted. Please follow the
signs for X-Ray Central and report to
reception on arrival.
Relatives and escorts
You may wish to bring a friend or relative to
accompany you to and from the Radiology
department when you have your
examination, although they will not usually
be allowed into the examination room. This
may be useful if you do not speak English
very well or if you have any special needs.
Car Park
Car parking is in the multistorey car park at
the main entrance of the hospital. Car park
charges apply at this hospital. Please bring
change with you if you are planning to park
on site.
Other facilities available
At the main entrance to the hospital there
are shops and a cafe selling light meals and
snacks. There is also a large restaurant for
staff and visitors to use near the main
Useful contact details
Nuclear Medicine Radiology
Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm
Telephone: 01253 953919
Hospital Switchboard: 01253 300000
Patient Relations Department
The Patient Relations Department offer impartial
advice and deal with any concerns or complaints
the Trust receives. You can contact them via:
Tel: 01253 955589
email: [email protected]
You can also write to us at:
Patient Relations Department, Blackpool Victoria
Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool FY3 8NR
Further information is available on our website:
This leaflet is evidence based wherever
the appropriate evidence is available, and
represents an accumulation of expert opinion
and professional interpretation.
Details of the references used in writing this
leaflet are available on request from:
Policy Co-ordinator/Archivist 01253 953397
Approved by:
Date of Publication:
Reference No:
Review Date:
Clinical Improvement (CA)
lc00009424 PL/596 (v2)
Victoria Holt

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