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Virtual Cystoscopy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.


What you need to know about virtual cystoscopy:

A virtual cystoscopy is a procedure that uses a CT scan to take pictures of the inside of your bladder. Contrast liquid may be used to help your healthcare provider see your bladder better.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder

How to prepare for virtual cystoscopy:

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for the procedure. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your procedure.

What will happen during virtual cystoscopy:

  • Your healthcare provider will insert a Foley catheter. The catheter is a plastic tube that drains urine out of your bladder. The catheter may also be used to fill your bladder with air or carbon dioxide gas. Your healthcare provider will also give you contrast liquid through an IV. The contrast liquid helps your healthcare provider see the inside of your bladder better. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.
  • You will need to lie flat on your back and be very still while the pictures are taken. Your healthcare provider may also have you lie on your stomach to take more pictures. This will help your healthcare provider see if you have any problems with your urine passageway. If you have a catheter in place, it will be removed after all the pictures have been taken.

What will happen after virtual cystoscopy:

You will go home after your procedure. Your healthcare provider will discuss the results of the test with you.

Risks of virtual cystoscopy:

You may get a urinary tract infection or have trouble urinating if a catheter is used. The contrast liquid used during the procedure may cause an allergic reaction. If you have kidney problems, the contrast liquid may damage your kidney. You may need another cystoscopy procedure and biopsy to find and diagnose certain bladder conditions.

Contact your healthcare provider or urologist if:

  • You have blood or blood clots in your urine.
  • You have trouble urinating or cannot urinate.
  • You have a fever or chills.
  • You have pain when you urinate.
  • Your skin itches or you have a new skin rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or urologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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