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A cystoscope is a specialized endoscope allowing for direct visual inspection of the urothelium. The cystoscope is inserted through the urethra into the bladder. The endoscopy can be performed immediately after the cystoscope has been introduced into the bladder and the pictures generated by the integrated camera are transmitted onto a nearby video screen.
The standard bladder cancer diagnostic procedure combines urinary cytology and white light cystoscopy.1 Cytology is non-invasive, using a urine sample to detect cancer cells. This provides specificity and sensitivity in detecting high-grade lesions, but provides no information on the location and extent of the disease.
Clinical Aspects of Bladder Cancer
Urinary bladder cancer has a recurrence rate of between 50% and 75% at 20 years1 after treatment.
As a consequence, highly sensitive as well as specific diagnostic techniques capable of comprehensively detecting as many tumors as possible must be employed in order to ensure optimal treatment.