When you come to the Northwestern Medicine Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program, you can expect the most current diagnostic and testing procedures. We use results of examination and testing to determine the most effective treatment options for each patient.
We have designed our diagnostic and testing rooms to make our patients as comfortable as possible. All procedure rooms have private, adjoining bathrooms. The following are descriptions of some of the diagnostic procedures used at the center.
This procedure is performed to measure the amount of urine in the bladder and the rate at which the urine flows.
Also known as cystoscopy, this test is used to examine the inside of the bladder and urethra. It is often used to diagnose and evaluate urinary tract disorders, including:
Also called a cystometrogram, this procedure is administered to measure pressure in the bladder. The test requires patients to perform certain maneuvers while their bladder is being filled gently with sterile water through a catheter, which helps diagnose conditions such as:
Pressure-flow voiding studies
These studies are performed to determine the ability of the bladder and urethra to properly expel urine.
Urethral pressure profilometry
This procedure reveals the pressure in the urethra. The results can help physicians guide surgical treatment.
Transrectal and transanal 3D ultrasound
These ultrasounds show images of the low rectum, anal sphincters and pelvic floor in patients with a variety of anorectal disorders.
Anorectal manometry (ARM)
Used to study the function of the anus and rectum, this test evaluates the strength of the muscles that control bowel movements.
Electromyography (EMG) testing
This testing is employed to determine if the nerves supporting the sphincter muscles are intact and that the muscles relax and contract as they should.
Pudendal nerve latency testing
This testing is used to determine malfunctions of the nerve that innervates the sphincter muscle related to stool continence.
This includes several tests to evaluate the function of your lower urinary tract. Learn more about urodynamic testing.
To Request an Appointment
If you're suffering from a pelvic floor disorder, you don't have to live with the symptoms. To learn about treatment options, call 312.694.7337 to schedule an appointment with one of our urogynecologists.
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