Direct radionuclide cystogram

PDF download is not available for Arabic and Urdu languages at this time. Please use the browser print function instead

Learn how a direct radionuclide cystogram is done and how it shows any problems in the bladder.

Key points

  • A DRC is a test to look at how your child's bladder works as it is filling up and as your child needs to urinate. It takes 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Your child's bladder will be filled with a mix of saline and a tiny amount of radioactive medicine while a special camera takes pictures.
  • Your child might feel some discomfort during the test. Use simple words to explain the test before you go to the hospital so that your child knows what to expect.
  • A nuclear medicine doctor will send the results of the scan to your family doctor or paediatrician (child's doctor) within two working days. The person who does the test cannot give the results.
Last updated: December 5th 2013