An endoscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera. It is used in endoscopy to examine a person’s digestive and respiratory tract.
Endoscopes can obtain samples of tissue, detect cancer and other abnormalities.
Common Types Of Endoscopes:
Some of the most frequently used types of endoscopes include:
- Colonoscopes – used to examine the large intestine (colon)
- Gastroscopes – used to test the esophagus and stomach
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – used to investigate the biliary tract
- Bronchoscopes – used to examine the lungs and airways
Other types of endoscope comprise:
- Arthroscopies– performed to examine the joints
- Hysteroscopes – performed to examine the womb (uterus) in women
- Cystoscopes– performed to examine the bladder
Endoscopy is a relatively safe procedure, despite there are some of the things that may go wrong. It includes:
- Reaction to sedation
- Excessive bleeding
- Perforation (tear in the gut)
Endoscopy is a useful diagnostic tool to examine the body.