A Uroflow measures the flow and force of your urine
stream. This test is often performed in patients who have obstruction
in normal flow of urine or problems with urination.
To perform the test properly, it is important that you arrive for your
appointment with a normally full bladder and feel the normal urge to
urinate. If you are asked to give a urine sample by the person who checks
you in, tell them you are having a uroflow test and will need to wait
to give the sample to the technician at that time. If you become extremely
uncomfortable from the urge to empty your bladder before you are brought
into an exam room, please inform the receptionist who will inform the
You will be taken to a private restroom and will be instructed to urinate
into a special toilet that is equipped to electronically measure the
volume and flow of your urine. A paper recording of the urine flow will
be generated. The goal is to have you urinate as you normally would.
Forcing urination with a partially full bladder or waiting until your
bladder is overfull, distended, and uncomfortable can give inaccurate
results on the uroflow test.
There is no special preparation required for the test beyond arriving
to clinic with a normally full bladder. You will not experience any pain
or discomfort. The results of this test will help your Urologist determine
the best treatment option for you.
You may resume your usual daily activities immediately following the
Revised by Jerilyn
M. Latini, MD , Deborah Crider, NP, Charlene Neer, RN and Dawna D. Allore,
RN., May 2006