A retrograde urethrogram is procedure allowing the urethra to be X-rayed using an X-ray dye. The dye is watched on live X-rays as it passes backwards through the urethra into the bladder.

Urethrograms are performed by a Radiologist with a Radiographer and occasionally a nurse present. The study will be reported by a radiologist and the results sent to your Doctor.

This procedure is available at the following Dr Jones & Partners locations:


You will be provided an examination gown to wear and asked to remove your clothing in a cubicle that has an ensuite bathroom.

You will be asked to lie on your back on an X-ray table. The Radiologist will gently clean the genital area with an antiseptic wash. A sterile drape is used to cover your groin and surrounding area. A small amount of anaesthetic gel is applied to the urethral opening to minimise discomfort. A urinary catheter is then inserted in the tip of the urethra. A small balloon is inflated to hold it in place. A small cushion will be provided to position your body with one hip raised.  A small amount of X-ray dye is introduced to the urethra through the catheter and X-rays are taken as it passes into the bladder.

Risks / Side Effects

Urethrograms are very safe.

There is a small risk of urinary tract infection. This risk is minimised by performing the procedure under sterile conditions.

Before your Scan

No specific preparation is required. You are free to eat and drink before and after the procedure. If you are on any special medication or have diabetes and are on insulin, take your usual medication and diet.

Please inform us if you are on medication to thin your blood (eg. Warfarin, Aspirin or Clopidogrel), have an iodine allergy or are pregnant.

Other Information

After the procedure

After the procedure the radiographer will usher you to an adjoining rest room where you will able to go to the toilet as well as provided towels to freshen up.