Screening for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are given to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
There are no current screening guidelines for UTIs. However, a doctor may do screening tests under certain circumstances. These may include:
- Pregnant women during the first trimester
- People with diabetes
- Well-child check-ups or routine adult physicals
- People with underlying urinary tract abnormalities
Screening tests for
urinary tract infection
- Urine dip—A dipstick coated with special chemicals is dipped into the urine sample. Areas on it change color to indicate the presence of blood, pus, bacteria, or other materials. This is a quick, general test.
- Microscopic urinalysis—The urine is examined under a microscope for the presence and quantity of materials such as red blood cells, white blood cells (pus), and bacteria. This is a more accurate way to diagnose a urinary tract infection.
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