Cystoscopy is endoscopy for the urinary system. In endoscopy, a doctor inserts a flexible tube with a lighted camera at the tip into the body. A video screen provides a real-time view of the body’s interior.
In cystoscopy, a doctor inserts the endoscope (cystoscope) into the urethra (urinary opening). The doctor can then advance the cystoscope into the urinary bladder.
Cystoscopy is generally done to identify potential problems in the urinary system. For example, the doctor could see a tumor in the bladder and take a small piece (biopsy) for testing.
Cystoscopy is usually an outpatient procedure, or may be performed in the hospital for people who are more seriously ill.
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