Metro Health surgeons, internal medicine physicians and gastroenterologists perform endoscopies to examine the inside of a patient’s body. An endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a long, thin, flexible tube called an endoscope examines the interior surfaces of an organ and tissue. A light and video camera on the endocope allows the physician to see images on a screen and record them for later study.
An endoscopy is used to confirm a diagnosis, conduct a biopsy or remove a foreign object from the gastrointestinal tract. In many cases, an endoscopy can significantly contribute to the doctor’s decision on the best treatment plan.
Many patients who need an endoscopy get one due to an issue in the gastrointestinal tract. The gastrointestinal, or GI, tract is the system of organs that make up the digestive system. The digestive system includes the esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. An endoscope can be used to examine any or all of the sections of the GI tract.
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