What is a cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy, or cystourethroscopy, is a procedure where a lighted scope is inserted into the urethra through the opening at the end of the penis. It allows the doctor to visually examine the complete length of the urethra and the bladder for tumors, strictures (narrowing), prostate enlargement, and other problems.

Why is the test performed?

  • To diagnose and evaluate disorders of the urinary tract
  • To identify cancers of the bladder or urethra
  • To determine the cause of pain in the urinary tract