Why is this procedure performed?
Your doctor might recommend cystoscopy to:
This test can be used to investigate the causes of signs or symptoms in the bladder (such as blood in the urine, incontinence, overactive bladder and painful urination), or to look at an abnormal area seen on an imaging test (such as a CT scan).
If you have had bladder cancer, it might also be used to look for new tumors. Cystoscopy can be used to take biopsy samples from the bladder or urethra (to find out if an abnormal area is cancer, for example).
Carry out treatments, such as removing bladder stones, inserting or removing a stent (a small tube used to treat blockages), and injecting medicine into the bladder.
Types of Cystoscopies
There are two types of cystoscopies. Your healthcare provider will use the one that works best for your specific procedure.