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Research / UCCRI/ Bladder Portal/ Bladder Cancer/ Screening

Bladder Cancer Screening

In order to check for bladder cancer and to see if your cancer has spread to other parts of your body, your physician may complete a combination of tests.


Any of these procedures may be used by your physician:

Cystoscopy: A procedure used to investigate the lining of your bladder. A camera (cystoscope) is inserted into bladder through the urethra. A fluid is used to fill your bladder to examine the lining. Imaging of your bladder and urethra can be taken to check for abnormal areas

Urine cytology: A urine sample is used for a laboratory test to look for abnormal cells

CT (Computer Tomography) Scan: A scan completed to generate an accurate visualization of your upper tract system (abdomen and pelvis).

Ultrasound: A tool that uses sound waves to create a picture of the urinary tract. An ultrasound can help determine if there is blockage within the kidneys and ureters. 

Biopsy: A small tissue sample is removed during a cystoscopy and tested by a pathologist to determine if the cells are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).