“Think of this in terms of driving down the road at night and seeing a deer on the side of the road,” Feliciano says. “The car headlights spot just that one deer, but if infrared light is used, you see all the other deer farther back off the road. Likewise, being able to better see the edges of bladder tumors means they can be more completely removed, reducing chances for recurrence.”
Removing bladder tumors is a minimally invasive procedure and requires no incision, Feliciano says.
Before the blue light cystoscopy procedure is performed, a catheter is inserted through the urethra into the bladder and an imaging solution called Cysview is left in the bladder for about an hour. The blue light can then spot the illuminated cancer cells. A tube-like instrument called a cystoscope is used to remove the tumor.