Uroflowmetry is a noninvasive and painless examination that can be performed in an outpatient setting and is used to analyze urine flow during urination (the set of physiological acts that allow urine production).
To perform this examination, it is sufficient for the patient to urinate into a kind of funnel connected to a uroflowmeter, which is the instrument that actually allows the condition of urination to be monitored. At the end of the urinary process, the uroflowmeter issues a report containing the amount of urine emitted in the unit of time, the urination time, the maximum flow, and the average flow, all expressed in ml/s.
Urofluxometry is indicated if any dysfunction related to micturition is detected in the patient, for example in case of urinary incontinence, feeling of incomplete bladder emptying or weak jet.
No special preparation is required but the patient should drink about half a liter of water two hours before undergoing uroflowmetry. This is an examination in which the emotional sphere plays a very important role, so it is essential that the patient feel comfortable in a confidential environment.
The examination takes about 15 minutes, and the outcome of uroflowmetry allows for the diagnosis of any organic and functional disorders such as utretria, prostatitis, cystitis, and vaginitis.
Urofluxometry is a repeatable examination whenever there is a need and is used to search for dysfunctional problems in both women and men.