Cystoscopy is a procedure that allows a urologic specialist to visualize the entire inside lining of the urethra and bladder in a great amount of detail.
Cystoscopy is often performed to further investigate urologic signs or symptoms. It is an anatomic visualization of the inside of the bladder, the urethra, and the ureteral openings into the bladder. X-ray, ultrasound, and CT or MRI imaging may miss findings in the bladder that can only be seen by looking directly, using a scope. Cystoscopy can diagnose a great variety of anatomic issues in the bladder or urethra.
Cystoscopy is commonly performed in the clinic, in a procedure room. A thin telescope is carefully passed through the urethra tube and into the bladder where live images are viewed on a monitor. The cystoscopy procedure itself takes less than five minutes, and is performed by a physician. The physician is able to see the entire bladder and urethra in great detail.
Cystoscopy is performed by all urologists in the Section of Urology. Cystoscopy procedures are performed daily and can be scheduled in advance or performed the same day as your urology clinic visit. State-of-the-art cystoscopy equipment with high-definition capability is available in seven procedure rooms at the Virgnia Mason Medical Center. We also perform narrow band imaging (NBI) cystoscopy to enhance detection of bladder cancer. Flexible and rigid cystoscopy are performed based on the patient’s needs. All of our cystoscopes go through a rigorous sterilization process with a high level of sterilization with multiple checks and balances. Cystoscopy is also performed in the Lynnwood, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Federal Way medical centers. Every effort is made to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Diagnostic cystoscopy (looking inside the bladder for the purposes of a diagnosis) is generally performed in the office.
Patients with a history of bladder cancer need “surveillance cystoscopy” in which cystoscopy is performed regularly to see if the cancer has come back.
The following cystoscopy procedures are also regularly performed in the urology office:
Simple cystoscopy is performed in the office with the patient awake. More complex cystoscopy procedures are also performed in the operating room. For example, if a bladder tumor is detected, then the cystoscopy with bladder biopsy would be performed in the operating room using an anesthetic.
Cystoscopy is performed in various locations at Virginia Mason Medical Center.
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