Ultrasound scan for bladder cancer

You may have an ultrasound scan to help diagnose bladder cancer. You will need to drink plenty of fluids before the scan so your bladder is full and can be seen easier.

You may have an ultrasound scan to help diagnose bladder cancer. An ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the body. It can show anything unusual in the urinary system

You will be asked to drink plenty of fluids before the test. This means your bladder is full and can be seen easier. The hospital will give you instructions about this.

When you are lying comfortably on your back, the person doing the scan spreads a gel over your tummy (abdomen). A small device that makes sound waves is passed over the area. The sound waves are then turned into a picture by a computer. The scan is painless and takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Once the scan is over, you can empty your bladder.