My uro saw nothing during the in office cysto and my wife and I watched it on the monitor.
A few weeks later, I went in for biopsy and a TUIP with my 2nd opinion uro and he saw CIS red area right away. Actually, one of his interns saw it while inserting the scope and then my uro took over immediately to take that spot out for biopsy.
Not sure if it all of sudden showed up or if my original uro just didn't see that spot.
My uro has a monitor, but usually just uses the scope with a direct look when he's doing check-ups, and does not do make or keep any digital images. However, when he did an in-office biopsy and fulguration last June when I had a recurrence (2 tiny tumors), he did use the monitor and my husband and I got to watch; I think he might have saved a digital "picture" of the tumors before the procedure, but I'm not sure. I recall that when I went to him for the initial diagnostics scoping, he did use the monitor, and did keep a digital image of the tumor.
Small TA Grade 1, May-06; recur (2 tiny), same, June-08; TURBTs both times. BCG begun July-08, dosage to 1/3rd May-10, completed treatment December-11. All clear since 2008.
I'm not sure if one is any better than the other (monitor or no monitor) but it sure would be nice if they could record them to disk. It's a test with no real concrete output for the records.
If there was a CD or DVD of the output, 2nd opinion could also have a look at the test. There probably could also be some analysis to ensure that the entire bladder was actually seen during the cysto. As some folks here can attest, sometimes they miss stuff.
Does you Uro give you any meds? I find the biopsies doesn't cause much pain but the cauterizing …….no matter how much I try and relax causes me to jump and flexible or not … ……ouch. Last time after he burned out five tumors I was ready for the roof
My Uro does a cysto that uses the monitor. Th first couple of times I had a cysto, I was very interested in looking at the monitor. The last 21/2 yrs. I don't even look anymore. In fact, I think I say "just take a good look, if you are doing biopsies, just do it!" After all my BCG maintenance my bladder is very sensitive.
He did use a new digital one that I liked a lot, because when he cauterises after the biopsie, he could pin-point the location very quickly and get it over with.