Urinary Tract Infection
Alternate Names : Cystitis, Bladder Infection, UTI
How is the condition diagnosed?
Diagnosis of a UTI begins with a medical history and physical exam. The exam may include a pelvic exam in women and a rectal exam in men. The healthcare provider may order the following tests:
urethral cultures in men to see if the prostate is infected
urinalysis to look for protein or blood in the urine
urine culture to see what type of bacteria is involved
If infections occur repeatedly, more tests may be done. An intravenous pyelogram is an X-ray of the urinary tract. It is taken after a contrast agent is injected into the body. A cystoscopy allows the provider to use a scope to look into the bladder.