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Virtual Cystoscopy


  • A virtual cystoscopy is a procedure to look for problems in your bladder (organ that holds your urine). A virtual cytoscopy shows three-dimensional (3D) pictures of your bladder. During the procedure, pictures are taken of different areas of your bladder using imaging tests. The pictures are then entered into a special computer program to make the 3D pictures.
    Picture of the urinary system
  • A virtual cystoscopy may be done if you are not able to do other types of cystoscopies. Other cystoscopies are done by placing special scopes into your urethra (urine passageway). A virtual cystoscopy may be needed if your urinary tract is narrow or you have a large prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. The procedure may help your caregiver learn if you have any masses (growths) or cancer in your bladder. Other organs near your bladder may also be seen. A virtual cystoscopy may also be done to check your response to treatment for certain bladder conditions. Having a virtual cystoscopy may help your caregiver plan the best care and treatment for you.


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  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • You have a fever (high body temperature) or chills.
  • You have blood or blood clots in your urine.
  • You have pain when urinating.
  • You have trouble urinating or cannot urinate.
  • You suddenly have trouble breathing.
  • Your skin itches or you have a new skin rash.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

Further information

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