Purpose of Uroflowmetry
Uroflowmetry is a diagnostic test that is administered to check for abnormalities in the amount or flow rate of a patient's urine. The procedure is straightforward and painless, and simply involves urinating into a funnel device attached to an electronic meter.
Doctors commonly use uroflowmetry to check for possible bladder obstructions, kidney problems, prostate enlargement, and urinary tract infections. Unusual test results indicate the need for additional testing procedures.
What is being measured
Test results reveal how much urine was released, the rate at which it was expelled, and how long it took to completely void the bladder. Meters typically report amounts in milliliters per second (mL/sec). Results can be compared to well-established averages for males and females in certain age ranges to see if they are normal.
Uroflometry Test Results
The following urine flow parameters usually are being determined during the test: maximum flow, total volume, average flow, time to maximum and void time. These parameters contain significant information about the condition of a patient. Graphic recording of the urine flow, especially if there is multiple data point helps the urologists to establish correct diagnosis. Currently uroflometry test is conducted only in medical offices.