A RGU procedure is a common procedure to check the integrity of the Urethra, a part of the lower urinary tract. This procedure is typically done to check for any damages to the Urethra, in both men and women.
The primary indications for conducting a RGU procedure are Urethral stricture/ tear, congenital abnormalities, periurethral/ prostatic abscess and, fistula/ false passages.
During the procedure, a dye is injected into the urethral cavity. The movement of the dye up into bladder is evaluated by X-Ray. This helps visualise the urethra and capture an X-Ray of the lower pelvic cavity. A normal RGU will show the dye progressing up the urethra and filling the bladder with the contrast material.
In an abnormal RGU, the result would suggest significant damage to the urethra. The X-ray would clearly indicate the dye progressing out of the normal path of the urethra, indicating that the wall of the tube has be ruptured or disrupted. In cases where the dye not the reaching the urethra, also indicates damage to the Urethra.
At NU hospitals, we brief you on the various advantages of this procedure and also give you a walkthrough on the process, possible outcome, treatments options and recovery time.