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Urine Cytology

Urine Cytology is the examination of cells collected from urine under a microscope to check for infection, inflammatory disease, cancer, or precancerous conditions. Urine cytology examines individual cells as opposed to biopsy, which examines cells in a tissue cluster.

Your Skyline expert may order a cytology exam of your urine if you have blood in your urine, or burning or painful urination. It can also be used to track patients who have had bladder cancer or who are at a high risk for developing the disease.

The cells for a urine cytology can be obtained through a clean urine sample, or with a cystoscope as part of a cystoscopy.  A cystoscope is a thin tube with a camera on the end which is inserted into the bladder via the urethra to visually examine the interior of the bladder and obtain tissue and urine samples if indicated.