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 This x-ray test provides a general evaluation of your kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder.


 When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.

Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.


If you are a woman of childbearing age and there is a chance that you may be pregnant, please consult your physician before scheduling this exam.

Medications can be taken prior to your test. Pills should be taken early in the morning, with just a small amount of water.

If you take insulin, you must consult with your doctor about adjusting your dose. You should not take insulin if you are fasting for your exam. However, you should bring your insulin with you so you can take it after the exam. Also, when making an appointment, tell the scheduler if you are diabetic. Request an appointment time early in the day.

If you are allergic to any type of food, iodine or x-ray contrast material (x-ray dye), you need a special type of contrast material. If this pertains to you, you should notify the technician or radiologist in charge.

To examine the kidneys satisfactorily, it is important to clean the colon of waste matter or fecal contents which might prevent the kidneys from being seen well. For this purpose a Bowel Preparation Kit can be purchased at any pharmacy.

On the day before your examination ONLY clear liquids may be taken (water, juice, soup, tea or coffee without milk). Be sure to drink a sufficient amount of fluid.

At 5:00 p.m. drink the entire contents of the bottle of magnesium citrate (laxative).

Nothing is to be taken by mouth past midnight the night before your test. If your test is scheduled in the afternoon, you may have 1 glass of clear liquids in the morning.

Patients less than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please do not bring children with you to the appointment. Be sure that your doctor's office has sent an x-ray request to us or that you bring one with you.

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The procedure

You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and asked if you have asthma, diabetes, heart or kidney problems, sickle cell disease, or if you are or could possibly be pregnant, please let the x-ray technologist know.

    A technologist will escort you into an x-ray examination room, and take two or three x-ray films of your abdomen. After a radiolgist has reviewed these films, you will be injected an x-ray contrast material (x-ray dye) into one of your veins. This material will be absorbed by your blood and will allow your urinary tract to be visualized.

    A series of x-ray films will be taken over the next 20 or 30 minutes to examine your kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder.

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After Care   

Resume your normal diet and drink plenty of water to flush the contrast material out of your system.

The radiologist's report of the results will be ready within 24 hours. Your doctor will discuss the results of the test with you.

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Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.


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