Pediatric Urodynamics Program

Many children experience issues with urination, such as bed-wetting or recurring urinary tract infections (UTI), and while sometimes it can be normal for growing up, it can also be an indication of a potential medical problem.

The Pediatric Urodynamics Program at Mount Sinai is here to help by going through a set of tests called “Urodynamics” which will help us identify any underlying problems.

What is Urodynamics?

“Urodynamics” tests measure how well the body stores and releases urine. The tests are used to diagnose conditions and to make sure the treatments for those conditions are working.

For many children, urodynamics is an important part of ensuring quality of life and safety. It also allows us to assess the possibility of future kidney damage. Our tests measure how well the bladder, sphincter, and urethra are functioning. It is especially important for children with spina bifida, posterior urethral valves, and other congenital anomalies of the urinary tract.

Why Choose Us

The Pediatric Urodynamic Program’s clinical team is dedicated to making sure your child is receiving care that is effective, safe, and as comfortable as possible. Tests that your doctor may suggest include:

  • Uroflowmetry: Measures the flow of urine, including how much and how fast.
  • Postvoid Residual Urine Measurement: Measures how much urine is left in the bladder after urination.
  • Cystometric Test: Helps tell us whether there is a problem filling or emptying the bladder.
  • Leak Point Pressure Measurement: The amount of abdominal pressure that causes bladder leakage.
  • Pressure Flow Study: Measures urinary flow and rate and highlights potential blockages.
  • Electromyography: Measures the electrical current in the muscles and nerves around the bladder.
  • Video Urodynamic Tests: Combines several tests into a single test.

Our state-of-the-art fluoroscopy equipment ensures that your child is receiving the lowest and safest dose of radiation possible, while also giving our providers the most valuable information to ensure your child receives the best care.

Our team uses patch electrodes (not needles) that measure pelvic musculature activity to help decrease discomfort during the exam. Your child will receive individual attention and care throughout their test. Our Child Life specialists may also be available to help keep your child occupied and calm.