Diagnosis of Pelvic Floor Disorders

Understanding the cause of your symptoms is the first step in reversing them.

The Center for Pelvic Health provides extensive diagnostic services for conditions such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse.

Some of these services include:

  • An X-ray of the urinary tract
  • Computed tomography of the pelvis, which uses X-rays to create cross-sections of the body
  • Electromyogram (EMG), which tests how well pelvic muscles can contract and relax. It is often used in people who suffer from constipation.
  • A pudendal nerve study, an electronic test that can check the nerves that help control bowel and bladder function
  • Cystoscopy, a procedure to look inside the bladder using a tiny camera
  • Urodynamics, a series of tests to provide information about the function of bladder and urinary muscles
  • Ultrasound, which uses sound waves to view the anatomy in the pelvis or anus
  • Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging, which uses magnets to create detailed pictures of the body. Radiologists at the Medical Center are highly skilled in performing this type of test.
  • An anoscopy, in which a small instrument is inserted into the anus to check the anal canal
  • Anorectal manometry, which checks the muscles that keep stool inside
  • Defecography, which shows how much stool the rectum can hold, how well it can hold it and how well it can empty it

When you come to the Center for Pelvic Health, your diagnostic services will be coordinated by a nurse. Whenever possible, we will schedule your tests in a way that reduces the need for multiple trips to the Medical Center.