Urodynamics and cystoscopy are both diagnostic procedures used to evaluate the urinary system, but they differ in terms of the information they provide and how they are performed.
Below are the main Urodynamics and Cystoscopy
Cystoscopy is a procedure in which a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end (cystoscope) is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to visually inspect the bladder and urethra. This allows a doctor to examine the lining of the bladder and look for any abnormalities such as inflammation, tumors, or blockages. Cystoscopy may be used to diagnose and treat conditions such as urinary tract infections, bladder cancer, and urinary incontinence.
Urodynamics, on the other hand, is a set of tests that evaluate how well the bladder, urethra, and sphincter muscles are functioning. Urodynamics tests can help diagnose conditions such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and bladder obstruction. During the procedure, a small tube is inserted into the bladder and another into the rectum or vagina to measure pressure and volume changes as the bladder fills and empties. This provides information on the strength of the bladder muscles, how much urine the bladder can hold, and how well the bladder empties.
In summary, cystoscopy is a visual examination of the bladder and urethra, while urodynamics measures how well the bladder and related muscles are functioning. Both procedures are used to diagnose and treat urinary system conditions, but they provide different types of information.