Bladder Cancer Diagnosis

The Perlmutter Cancer Center offers a variety of tools for diagnosing bladder cancer, including:

  • blood and urine analysis
  • ultrasound, CT, and MRI
  • cystoscopy (examination of the bladder and urethra using a thin, lighted inserted into the urethra; tissue samples can be removed for biopsy)
  • biopsy of tissue suspected to be cancerous

NYU has a radiologist who is specially trained to read images of the genitourinary tract. If your doctor recommends a biopsy (removal of a small amount of tissue and examination for cancer cells), the tissue will be analyzed by NYU's expert pathologists, including a pathologist with special training diagnosing genitourinary disorders.