Endoscopy (Diagnostic)
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Endoscopy (Diagnostic)

Endoscopy (diagnostic) involves internal visual examinations with a camera for diagnosing gastrointestinal and other conditions.

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Suitable For

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Stomach Pain
Chronic Heartburn
Abnormal X-ray Findings
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Suspected Tumours
Unexplained Weight Loss
Difficulty Swallowing
Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Iron Deficiency Anaemia

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Not Suitable For

Severe Cardiovascular Instability
Acutely Unwell Requiring Emergency Services
Massive Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Unstable Cervical Spine
Recent Bowel Surgery
Peritonitis
Severe Acute Respiratory Infection
Bleeding Disorder
Acute Myocardial Infarction
Respiratory Insufficiency

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Overview

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that allows healthcare professionals to examine the interior of various body parts. It involves the use of an endoscope, a flexible tube equipped with a light and camera. Endoscopy can be used for investigation, confirmation, and treatment, including the removal of tumours or polyps from the digestive tract. Use Odycy to find and book private endoscopy services with expert providers, providing fast access to endoscopy procedures at your convenience and to suit your budget.

Key Takeaways

  • Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure for examining internal body parts using an endoscope.
  • Gastroscopy inspects the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum; colonoscopy examines the large intestine and rectum.
  • Combined gastroscopy and colonoscopy allow for upper and lower GI tract examination in one visit.
  • Flexible-sigmoidoscopy focuses on the lower colon and rectum, while cystoscopy examines the bladder.
  • Hysteroscopy is used to view the uterus, nasal endoscopy for the nasal passages, and ureteroscopy for the bladder and ureter.
  • Capsule endoscopy involves swallowing a camera capsule for digestive system imaging.
  • Odycy provides a platform to book private endoscopy services with expert providers, offering convenience and budget-friendly options.

Need to Know

What is Gastroscopy?

Gastroscopy, also known as an upper GI endoscopy or OGD, is a medical procedure that allows healthcare professionals to examine the inner lining of the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum. This is achieved by inserting a thin, flexible tube through the patient's mouth, providing a detailed view of these areas.

What is Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables the examination of the inner lining of the large intestine, colon, and rectum. This is accomplished by inserting a flexible tube through the rectum, providing a clear view of these areas. This procedure is crucial in diagnosing gastrointestinal diseases and can also be used to remove polyps.

What is a Combined Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy?

A combined gastroscopy and colonoscopy is a procedure that allows healthcare professionals to examine both the upper and lower sections of the gastrointestinal tract in a single visit. The sequence of the procedures may vary based on what the healthcare professional deems most beneficial for the patient.

What is a Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy?

A flexible-sigmoidoscopy is a type of endoscopy that enables healthcare professionals to examine the colon and rectum. This procedure is similar to a colonoscopy, but it only examines the lower part of the colon and the rectum.

What is a Cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy is a procedure that allows healthcare professionals to examine the bladder. This is achieved by inserting a thin tube equipped with a light and camera at the end into the urethra and up into the bladder, providing a clear view of these areas.

What is a Hysteroscopy?

A hysteroscopy is a procedure that enables healthcare professionals to examine the uterus. This is accomplished by inserting a thin tube equipped with a light and camera at the end into the vagina and up into the uterus, providing a clear view of these areas.

What is a Nasal Endoscopy?

A nasal endoscopy is a procedure that allows healthcare professionals to examine the nasal passages. This is achieved by inserting a thin tube equipped with a light and camera at the end into the nose, providing a clear view of these areas.

What is a Ureteroscopy?

A ureteroscopy is a procedure that enables healthcare professionals to examine the bladder and ureter. This is accomplished by inserting a thin tube equipped with a light and camera at the end into the urethra, up into the bladder, and then into the ureter, providing a clear view of these areas.

What is a Capsule Endoscopy?

A capsule endoscopy, also known as a video pillcam, is a procedure that involves the patient swallowing a small capsule containing a camera. As the capsule travels through the digestive system, it captures images that are transmitted to a device worn by the patient.

Dr. Nicholas Bush MBBS BSc (Hons)
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Dr. Nicholas Bush MBBS BSc (Hons)
Last Reviewed:
17/4/2024
Published:
17/5/2024

Conclusion

Understanding the various diagnostic procedures available for gastrointestinal health is essential. Gastroscopy and colonoscopy are non-surgical methods that provide a visual examination of the digestive system, aiding in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. With the ability to perform a combined gastroscopy and colonoscopy, patients benefit from a comprehensive assessment in a single visit. Get diagnostic endoscopy services fast, at a provider of your choice, through Odycy. Find and book the best providers according to your needs - price, time, location or reputation.

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