Urodynamic tests are used to determine how well the bladder and urethra are performing their job of storing and releasing urine. The bladder is a balloon-shaped organ that stores urine until you are ready to empty it; the urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body.
The bladder function evaluation includes a series of tests to give your doctor or nurse practitioner a detailed look at the function of your bladder and urethra and provides information about bladder problems. The tests, called “simple” or “multi-channel’ urodynamics suggest next steps in helping to reduce or eliminate this condition.
Urodynamic tests can help determine the cause of symptoms and conditions such as:
Sudden, strong urges to urinate (overactive bladder)
Problems starting a urine stream
Problems emptying your bladder completely (bladder retention)
Recurrent urinary tract infections