Endoscopy (Gastroscopy/ Colonoscopy)
An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is examined using an endoscope. Endoscope An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light source and a video camera at one end. Images of the inside of your body are relayed to a television screen. Endoscopes can be inserted into the body through a natural opening, such as the mouth and down the throat, or through the anus (via the bottom).
Types of Endoscope:
Some of the most commonly used types of endoscopes include:
- Colonoscopes – used to examine your large intestine (colon)
- Gastroscopes – used to examine your oesophagus and stomach
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – used to check for gallstones.
A gastroscopy is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is used to look inside the oesophagus (food pipe), stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum).