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DefinitionUroflometry is a test to measure the volume of urine voided (urinated), the velocity or speed of the urination, and its duration.
How the test is performed
You are asked to urinate in a special urinal or toilet that is equipped with a machine that includes a measuring device.
You are asked to press a button shortly before you try to begin urination, and you may be required to press the button again when urination is complete. This machine will create a report for your health care provider to evaluate.
How to prepare for the testYour health care provider may ask you to temporarily discontinue medications that can alter test results.
Uroflometry is best preformed with a full bladder. Do not urinate for 2 hours prior to the test. Increase the volume of fluids you drink so you will have plenty of urine for the test.
Do not place any toilet tissue in the urine receptacle.
Infants and children:
The physical and psychological preparation you can provide for this or any test or procedure depends on your child's age, interests, previous experience, and level of trust. For specific information regarding how you can prepare your child, see the following topics as they correspond to your child's age:
How the test will feelThe test involves normal urination, so you should not experience any discomfort.
Why the test is performedThis test is useful in evaluating the function of the urinary tract.
Normal ValuesNormal values vary depending on age and sex:
What abnormal results mean
Several circular muscles normally regulate urine flow, and if any becomes weak or dysfunctional, an increase in urine flow and/or urinary incontinence may result.
Any abnormal results should be discussed with you and explained by your health care provider.
What the risks areThere are no risks associated with this test.
Update Date: 10/28/2002David R. Knowles M.D., Department of Urology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia Campus, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT