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How does the cystoscopy test work?

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Cystoscopes are tubular instruments equipped with lights and viewing devices used to examine the interior of the urinary tract. There are two types of cystoscopes: a standard rigid cystoscope and a flexible cystoscope. The choice of which scope to use depends on the purpose of the exam.

Both tests are performed similarly, with the exception of positioning. With the standard rigid cystoscope, you lie on your back with your knees up and apart. The urethra is cleaned and a local anesthetic to numb the area is applied. The scope is then inserted through the urethra into the bladder.

From: Cystoscopy or Bladder Scope Test WebMD Medical Reference

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National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

 American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

 American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

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