Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Tests and Diagnosis

How do doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado make a diagnosis?

Diagnosis is based on a history of symptoms, a physical examination and a urine analysis and culture. During a urine analysis and culture, it is very important that the urine is collected correctly, and this will involve a catheter in children who are not potty trained.

Children with a confirmed diagnosis may require additional studies of the bladder and kidneys, including a renal ultrasound (RUS) and/or a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG), which is an x-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.