Last updated: June 30, 2018

What Does Endoscopic Mean?

The term endoscopic refers to a procedure performed using a device known as an endoscope. An endoscope is a medical instrument used to look inside the body by inserting the device into a body cavity organ, such as the colon or throat, without an incision. Most endoscopes are comprised of a flexible metal tube that is inserted into a natural body opening. The tube includes a lens or camera system that permits the user to have a view of the inside of the the body. A light attached to the endoscope provides illumination for the exam.


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Endoscopic exams are commonly used to examine the gastrointestinal tract. These procedures include colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy. Specialized endoscopic devices called bronchoscopes are also used to examine the respiratory tract and lungs. While usually flexible, sometimes a rigid endoscope is used to enter the body and remove a foreign object trapped in a person's airway. An endoscopic device may also be used in combination with other devices and procedures to perform a detailed exam of a patient's internal organs. Examples of these types of procedures include endoscopy, enteroscopy, and endoscopic ultrasound.


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