European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 155, Issue 8, pp 684–687

Distress and radiological investigations of the urinary tract in children

  • D. Phillips
  • A. D. Watson
  • J. Collier


The distress associated with radiological investigations may be related to the information and style of parental explanation given to the child and the parents own coping style. In a questionnaire survey we assessed distress in relation to investigations of the urinary tract using the Groningen Distress Rating Scale and the Utrecht Coping List. We found the micturating cystourethrogram (MCUG) to be significantly more distressing than radionuclide investigations. MCUG distress was adversely correlated with passive and palliative parental coping styles. Results suggested that cognitive coping styles modelled by the parents ameliorated distress on dimercaptosuccinic acid scintigraphy.

Key words

Radionuclide imaging Radiology Psychology Emotional stress 



dimercaptosuccinic acid scintigraphy


di-ethylene triamine penta-acetic acid


benzoylmercapto acetyl-triglycerine


micturating cystourethrogram


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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Phillips
    • 1
  • A. D. Watson
    • 1
  • J. Collier
    • 1
  1. 1.Paediatric Renal UnitCity Hospital NHS TrustNottinghamUK

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