Welcome back to another blog post! Things have rather hectic but I wanted to make sure that there would always be another article that you guys can use to supplement your understanding about urology and what you guys can do to be in better health. Today’s discussion is going out to anyone who has ever been unsure of what sorts of tests patients are usually put under when they are suspected to have urological issues.
Here are some of the common tests or procedures that I and other urologists may subject you to:
Urine Collection for 24 Hours
Usually when your urologist believes that there might be something in your kidney or your bladder, they will ask you to collect some of your urine over the span of 24 hours. You are expected to keep the samples cold or cool until it is time to submit the samples to the lab for testing.
You will usually be given a special set of containers and a schedule on which you should be collecting samples. The bottles should be clearly marked with the time of the collection.
This is a quick and often painless procedure that is done for both sexes. The examination and procedure involves placing a lighted scope into the urethra. This is necessary to inspect the state of the urethral passage and the canal which leads to the bladder.
An x-ray is a fairly common test. Whenever a person is feeling any sort of pain in their lower torso or mid-section, an x-ray is always in order. An x-ray will help your medical practitioner to determine the visible cause of your pain or your symptoms. If they cannot see anything visibly wrong, there will be other exams that will follow like a battery of blood work.
Now an ultrasound might seems like it something that only gynecologists make use of. However, your kidney’s health can also be determined through an ultrasound. The image that the test can create can provide the medical practitioner a better idea of where your kidneys are and if there are any visible issues.
This was discussed at quite some length with our very first blog post. A prostate exam is ideally done to determine the present state of a man’s prostate gland. Additional tests will be conducted if the urologist determines they are necessary. It is ideal for men to start getting annual prostate exams around their forties.
I feel that there will always be some sort of concern regarding the tests that are linked to urological problems. This is why I firmly believe that having frank discussions like the one we’ve had today. I hope that more and more individuals will understand the tests and prepare themselves accordingly. Now, I’d like to pass on a question to all of you, what sort of tests or procedures do you expect from the urologists office?