Blue Light Cystoscopy
Blue Light Cystoscopy: A Better Way to Detect Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States with a high rate of recurrence. Unfortunately, up to 30% of bladder tumors are overlooked, because they are often too small to see with the standard testing method called cystoscopy.
Fortunately, a new, FDA-approved method now available at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is helping doctors identify bladder tumors earlier thanks to better imaging. The technology is called Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview®.
During this test, the patient is given an imaging agent that is absorbed by the cancerous tissue. This causes it to appear fluorescent when exposed to “blue light,” which is created by a special camera and lens. This allows urologists to detect more of the cancer, remove it, and provide treatment to keep it from coming back.
WHITE LIGHT CYSTOSCOPY
BLUE LIGHT CYSTOSCOPY AS AN ADJUNCT TO WHITE LIGHT
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As heard on WTOP Radio:
Lambros Stamatakis MD
Director, Urologic Oncology
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stamatakis, call 202-877-3627
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