Dr. med. Dirk Manski

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Retrograde Urethrography: Examination Technique and Normal Findings

Indications for Retrograde Urethrography

Retrograde urethrography (RUG) is a X-ray examination of the urethra for evaluation in cases of trauma, diverticula, urethral strictures, urethral fistulas or urethral valves.

Examination Technique for Male Patients:

The patient is positioned with an abducted left thigh and raised right pelvis (about 40 degrees) with the examiner standing on the left side of the patient. A penile clamp with injection cannula or a 12 CH catheter is inserted into the urethra, the catheter ballon is inflated with miminal volume in the fossa navicularis [fig. normal retrograde urethrography]. The urethra is straightend up with gentle tension. Contrast media is slowly injected under fluoroscopy. The help of the patient is sometimes necessary to let the contrast media pass into the bladder. Inspiration, relaxation or Jendrassik handle) help to reduce the resistance of the sphincter.

retrograde Urethrographie Harnröhre Röntgen
Normal retrograde urethrography: fossa navicularis with inflated catheter ballon (A), penile urethra (B), bulbar urethra (C), membranos urethra (D), prostatic urethra (E), seminal colliculus (F) and bladder (G). With kind permission, Prof. Dr. R. Harzmann, Augsburg.

Normal findings in Men:

The penile and bulbar urethra shows no narrowing. The bulbar urethra ends with a sharp angel into the membranous urethra. The membranous urethra presents with a thin filiforme contrast due to the external sphincter. The prostatic urethra is better contrasted and contrast media enters the bladder. The seminal colliculus may cause a filling defect of the prostatic urethra [fig. normal retrograde urethrography].

Examination Technique for Female Patients:

The inner and outer meatus of the urethra is sealed with the help of a special double-balloon catheter. The contrast medium is injected slowly under supine or lateral decubitus position.

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