Subcutaneous urography

What is Subcutaneous Urography?

Subcutaneous Urography is a diagnostic procedure which involves the introduction of a contrast dye under the skin which is then examined via X-Rays. This is mainly used to detect any lesions, tumors, or other defects in the urinary system. In subcutaneous urography, an injection of barium sulfate is injected into the skin near the bladder wall. This injection acts as an enhancer and allows X-Rays to produce clear images which can be read by radiologists.

What Does Subcutaneous Urography Involve?

Before the procedure can begin, the patient will be asked to lie down either on their back or on their side. They will have an x-ray table and a fluoroscopy machine, which comes with a panel of screens used to detect radiopaque materials. A contrast dye which contains barium sulfate is then injected subcutaneously into the patient’s arm, thigh or flank. This dye allows the radiologist to take several X-ray images of the urinary tract. After the images have been taken, the patient is usually asked to move to another position to ensure that all of the appropriate images are taken.

What are the Benefits of Subcutaneous Urography?

  • It can detect any lesions or tumors in the urinary tract.
  • It can detect any obstructions in the urinary tract.
  • It can detect the strength of the bladder and other organs.
  • It can help in assessing the overall health of the urinary system.
  • It can detect any signs of infection or other diseases of the urinary system.

Are There Any Risks?

Subcutaneous urography is generally considered to be a safe procedure. However, there are some potential risks associated with the procedure, such as:

  • Allergic reactions to the dye or contrast material may occur in some patients.
  • The dye or contrast material may cause irritation or inflammation to the skin.
  • The dye or contrast material may cause a burning sensation.
  • In very rare cases, the dye or contrast material may cause a severe reaction or difficult breathing.


Subcutaneous Urography is a very useful diagnostic procedure which can help detect a variety of abnormalities in the urinary system. It is generally a safe procedure; however, there are still some risks associated with it. Before the procedure, your doctor will assess your individual case and discuss these risks with you. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to discuss them with your doctor.