UPPER GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY (GASTROSCOPY)
An Upper Endoscopy is a procedure that allows a specialist to examine the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract using a thin flexible tube, which contains a video camera and a light source. The procedure takes on average 15 to 20 minutes.
A Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables the specialist to examine the lining of the colon (large bowel) for abnormalities using a thin flexible tube, which contains a video camera and a light source. The procedure takes on average 20 to 30 minutes.
A Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure that enables the physician to look at the inside of the large intestine from the rectum through the last part of the colon, called the sigmoid. A sigmoidoscopy only examines up to the sigmoid, the most distal part of the colon, while colonoscopy examines the whole large bowel. The procedure takes on average 15 to 20 minutes.
A Capsule Endoscopy is a process used to record images of the digestive tract and is primarily used to examine areas of the small intestine that cannot be seen by other types of endoscopy. The capsule is the size and shape of a pill and contains a tiny camera. After a patient swallows the capsule, it takes pictures of the inside of the gastrointestinal tract.