What is Urodynamic Testing?
Urodynamic tests are used to diagnose patients who have urinary incontinence or other urinary symptoms. These tests are given to both men and women. A urodynamic test is used to measure nerve and muscle function, pressure around and in the bladder, flow rates, and other factors. These tests look at how well the bladder, sphincters, and urethra are storing and releasing urine.
Most urodynamic tests focus on the bladder’s ability to hold urine and to empty steadily and completely. These tests can also show whether the bladder is having involuntary contractions that cause urine leakage. Tests may be done if symptoms suggest problems with the lower urinary tract. The urinary tract is the body’s drainage system for removing wastes and extra water. The objective of urodynamic testing is to aid in the selection of an appropriate treatment.