Jefferson University Hospitals

Cystoscopy

Jefferson urologists in Philadelphia use both conventional white light cystoscopy and the newer blue light cystoscopy to diagnose problems with the urinary tract, bladder and the urethra.

Cytoscopic-ureteroscopic procedures are also used to treat kidney stones that are located in the mid to distal ureter.

Blue Light Cystoscopy

Specialists within our Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Center have extensive experience in the latest diagnostic tool for bladder cancer, known as blue light cystoscopy, using Cysview™. Blue light cystoscopy is used specifically to detect bladder cancer tumors.

Under conventional white light cystoscopy, tumors can be almost invisible and may be missed. Blue light cystoscopy involves delivering a specific solution into your bladder. This solution accumulates in the tumor cells and glows pink under blue light, making them easier to see. The tumor cells are highlighted and stand out against the normal bladder tissue, which keeps its blue appearance.

Blue light cystoscopy is performed in the hospital on either an inpatient or outpatient setting. This procedure is usually followed by intravesical therapy with mitomycin C or bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG). The latter is the therapy of choice for the more aggressive cancer of the bladder lining.