What is a Urinalysis?

Urinalysis is a test used to examine the content of a urine sample. A urinalysis is used:

  • To diagnose things like a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, kidney stones, diabetes or pregnancy.
  • Before an operation to screen for problems.
  • To monitor your health if you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition like kidney disease or urinary tract disease.

If your urinalysis results are abnormal, your doctor will recommend more tests to find the source of the problem.

If you feel pain, have a weak urine stream, or see blood in your urine, you should see your doctor. Blood in the urine may be from a urinary tract infection (UTI) or a different urinary tract problem.

It is important to find out what’s going on, and get treatment. A urinalysis may be used to help with diagnoses.