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Diagnosing Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

There are many tests to help diagnose urinary tract infections. The fastest and simplest test is a urinalysis, which analyzes a sample of your urine, looking for bacteria and blood cells (both white and red). If you have a urinalysis, your doctor may ask you to clean  your genital area with a special cloth (to kill exterior bacteria) and to begin collecting your urine mid-stream. 

Other UTI diagnostic tests may include: 
  • Urine culture
  • Imaging your urinary tract
  • Cystoscopy
  • Blood tests
  • Pelvic exam
  • Rectal exam
If you have signs or symptoms of a UTI, see your doctor to get an official diagnosis and treatment.