Cystoscopy, or cystourethroscopy, is a procedure that enables a urologist to view the inside of the bladder and urethra in great detail. It is commonly used to diagnose bladder tumors, identify obstruction of the bladder and look for any abnormalities of the bladder and its lining.

The procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in a urology clinic or treatment room.

The average cystoscopy takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

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Information courtesy of: American Urological Association Foundation.