Tests for Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder

The first step toward finding a solution begins with a thorough assessment of your current health and the symptoms and problems you’re experiencing. Dr. Gauta and the Florida Bladder Institute team perform a complete examination to look for signs of any medical conditions that may be causing or contributing to your incontinence issues. This may include treatable blockages from bowel or pelvic growths or any weakness of the pelvic floor such as pelvic organ prolapse.

There are several tests we use to measure, analyze and evaluate any problems, conditions or infections that may be factors to your incontinence. We may use one or a combination to determine the type of incontinence you have and to identify or rule out other structural or disease factors. All of these can be performed in our office for your convenience.

  • Urine Flow Testing
  • Urinalysis , Urine Culture, and Urinary Tract Cancer Screening
  • Ultrasound – a traditional minimally invasive procedure that allows the doctor to look at the structures of your kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra.
  • 4 Dimensional Scanning - An advanced ultrasound scan of your pelvis and bladder can reveal disease processes that can cause many annoying and dangerous symptoms in the pelvis (stones, polyps, fibroids, cancerous growths and benign tumors, dilation or blockage of the urinary tract, etc.) 4 dimensional scanning allows for complex measurements that were impossible in the past.
  • In-Office Cystoscopy - A cystoscope is a small camera that is inserted into your bladder under local anesthesia (pain medicine) that allows a physician to visually inspect the inside of your bladder and urethra (the tube you urinate from) for abnormalities.
  • Urodynamic Testing - (Cytometrogram) This type of test assesses the function of your bladder using two tiny catheters with electronic sensors that measure the capacity, flow, pressure, and sensations of your bladder.

Sources: American Urogynecologic Society, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National Institutes of Health, Medtronics

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