Tests to diagnose

You might have one or more of these tests to check whether your symptoms are due to bladder cancer.


Cystoscopy is a test to look at the inside of your bladder and check for signs of cancer. Find out how you have this test.

Ultrasound scan

You may have an ultrasound scan of your tummy (abdomen) to look at your urinary system. 

CT urogram

A CT urogram is a test that looks at your kidney, bladder and tubes that connect your kidneys and bladder (ureters). Find out why and how you have it.

Intravenous urogram (IVU) or intravenous pyelogram (IVP)

An IVU or IVP is a test that looks at the whole of your urinary system including (kidneys, bladder and ureters). Find out how you have it and what happens afterwards. . 

Blood test for bladder cancer

Get general information on having blood tests. A blood test can help measure how well your kidneys are working. 

Last reviewed: 
20 May 2019
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