To identify your condition or problem’s nature, your consultant urologist can reach a medical diagnosis in several ways.
They will start with a discussion about your medical history and previous treatments you may have had, so you may want to prepare by bringing a list, including any medication you are on or have tried. You won’t be rushed, so take your time to provide your consultant with a thorough background of your problem. After the discussion, there will usually be a physical examination, and chaperones can be provided.
If it’s a urinary problem, you’ll be asked to urinate into a cup and do a urine flow test (uroflow) with a uroflowmeter, which measures the amount of urine you pass and how fast your urine flows. The tests can determine your urinary function and identify if there are any abnormalities.
Other possible tests include blood tests, x-rays and kidney and prostate ultrasound scans, which we can arrange at The Kings Park Hospital. Your consultant may also send you to The Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow, our sister hospital, for a computerised tomography (CT) scan or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
Your consultant will organise all further tests after discussion in the urology clinic, with follow-ups booked at a time to suit you. Sometimes, your consultant may speak to a colleague in another speciality or refer you to them. For example, they may consult with a gynaecologist if they suspect non-cancerous growths (fibroids) in your womb (uterus), which could be pressing on your bladder.