At the University of Chicago Medicine, we use the latest technology and diagnostic techniques to deliver a definitive bladder cancer diagnosis that is used to create an individualized treatment plan.

Through our advanced diagnostics, we can conclude whether you have:

Our Diagnostic Services

During a cystoscopy, a thin, lighted tube is inserted through the urethra to allow your physician to thoroughly examine the inside of your bladder and identify the presence of any abnormalities.

UChicago Medicine is the only hospital in Chicago that performs blue light cystoscopies. Blue light cystoscopies use color contrast to highlight tumors that could be missed during a traditional cystoscopy. This innovative technology provides our physicians with an enhanced view of the bladder, increasing the accuracy of the diagnosis.

A biopsy is when cells are collected for further evaluation. During a biopsy, a special tool with a wire loop is passed through the scope during a cystoscopy to remove a tumor or tissue from the bladder for examination. Often, biopsies will be done on multiple parts of the bladder. This will help your physician determine if the cancer has invaded the muscle or identify cancerous changes in the organ.

For patients who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, your physician may perform additional imaging tests to assess the extent of your cancer or determine whether or not it has spend to other organs or bones. Additional tests include:

  • Bone scan
  • Chest X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scan

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