Diagnostic Procedures

The UF Health Pelvic Floor Program has a broad range of methods to identify your issue and move past your disorder. This suite of techniques consists of several imaging and functional tests.

Imaging

  • Pelvic ultrasound — Evaluates the pelvic organs/structures, including the uterus, ovaries and bladder.
  • Fistulogram — Evaluates the tissue between pelvic organs, looking for abnormal connections called fistula.
  • Voiding cystogram — Evaluates the function of the bladder and urethra.
  • Anal ultrasound — Evaluates the structure of the sphincter and surrounding tissue. This is useful to produce images of the internal and external anatomy of the anal sphincter.
  • MRI Defecography — Evaluates how well stool is evacuated from the rectum.
  • CT Urogram — Evaluates the upper urinary tract, including the ureters and kidneys.

Functional Testing

  • Anorectal manometry — Measures the resting and squeeze pressures in the anal canal in regards to fecal incontinence and constipation, determining the sensitivity and function of the rectum.
  • Urodynamics — Bladder studies that measure bladder pressures during bladder filling and emptying to aid in determining the cause of urinary symptoms.
  • Cystoscopy — Test that allows the inside of the bladder and urethra to be visualized.