Endoscopes are used to diagnose a variety of different conditions and abnormalities that may otherwise go undetected. Find out how each of the below endoscopes can help to diagnose and/or resolve any issues.
Gastroscopes are used for upper GI endoscopy, which includes the stomach, esophagus, and small intestine (duodenum). Most commonly, they are used to diagnose stomach ulcers, stomach or esophageal cancer, celiac disease, GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal hernia, and more.
Colonscopies are more commonly known endoscopic procedures. With a colonoscope, you examine the inner lining of the large intestine. More specifically, you look for ulcers, tumors, polyps, inflammation, or bleeding in the colon and rectum.
If the airway needs to be examined, a bronchoscope is threaded through your nose and down your throat until it reaches the lungs. Once it’s in the lungs, the light and small camera can help you spot tumors, signs of infection, excess mucus, bleeding, or any blockages. Bronchoscopes can also be used to take tissue or mucus samples for lab testing.
Laryngoscopes help you perform medical procedures in the larynx. They are useful for removing foreign objects in the throat, collecting tissue samples, removing polyps from vocal cords, and performing laser treatments.
A cystoscope is a thin tube that has a camera and light on it. When inserted into the bladder through the urethra, this tube can detect stones, tumors, signs of cancer, blockages, noncancerous growths, ureter problems, and an enlarged prostate gland.
Like the gastroscope, the duodenoscope is also used to examine the small intestine. The flexible, lighted tubes of this scope are threaded down the throat and through the mouth and stomach into the small intestine. They are commonly used to remove gallstones, heal pancreatitis, and drain bile ducts, among other things.
If you need to find or treat problems in the digestive system, a enteroscope is a useful tool to use. Enteroscopy procedures commonly called double balloon enteroscopy, double bubble, capsule enteroscopy, and push-and-pull enteroscopy help you find tumors, abnormal tissue, and bleeding. It can also help to diagnose Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases, infections, lymphoma, stomach or intestinal viruses, or vitamin B12 deficiencies.
Passing through the urethra and the bladder to the ureter, a ureteroscope is used to examine the urinary tract. Longer and thinner than a cystoscope, this instrument is commonly used to determine the cause of urine blockages, urinary tract infections, and other abnormalities. During a ureteroscopy, you can spot ureter or kidney stones, abnormal tissue, polyps, tumors, or cancer. You can also perform procedures like biopsies, removal of ureter and kidney stones, and removal of abnormal tissue, polyps, and certain types of tumors.
A minimally invasive procedure, hysteroscopy involves the insertion of a tiny telescope into the uterus through the cervix. The following procedures are common:
- Removing polyps (endometrial or cervical), fibroids, intrauterine adhesions, and lost IUDs
- Performing an endometrial lining biopsy
- Cannulation of the fallopian tubes
- Performing an endometrial ablation
You can also use a hysteroscope to find abnormalities like fibroids or polyps in the uterus, examine the uterus’s shape and lining, look at the fallopian tubes’ openings, and perform surgeries.
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