Cystoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inside
bladder and the
urethra using a thin, lighted instrument called a
The cystoscope is inserted
into your urethra and slowly advanced into the
bladder. Cystoscopy allows your doctor to look at
areas of your bladder and urethra that usually do not show up well on X-rays.
Tiny surgical instruments can be inserted through the cystoscope that allow
your doctor to remove samples of tissue (biopsy) or
samples of urine.
bladder stones and some small growths can be removed during cystoscopy. This may
eliminate the need for more extensive surgery.
Find the cause of symptoms such as blood in the urine
(hematuria), painful urination (dysuria),
urinary incontinence, urinary frequency or hesitancy,
an inability to pass urine (retention), or a sudden and overwhelming need to
Find the cause of problems of the urinary tract, such as
urinary tract infections or urinary tract infections
that do not respond to treatment.
Look for problems in the urinary tract, such as blockage in the
urethra caused by an enlarged
kidney stones, or tumors.
Evaluate problems that cannot be seen on
X-ray or to further investigate problems detected by
ultrasound or during
intravenous pyelography, such as kidney stones or
Remove tissue samples for biopsy.
Place ureteral catheters (stents) to help urine flow from
the kidneys to the bladder.
Treat urinary tract problems. For example, cystoscopy can be done
to remove urinary tract stones or growths, treat bleeding in the bladder,
relieve blockages in the urethra, or treat or remove tumors.
a catheter in the ureter for an X-ray test called retrograde pyelography. A dye
that shows up on an X-ray picture is injected through the catheter to fill and
outline the ureter and the inside of the kidney.