Endoscopy is a common, minimally invasive procedure that uses thin, hollow tubes (endoscopes) to see inside your body. Endoscopic procedures are used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including digestive disorders, lung diseases and cancer.
Most endoscopes have tiny lights and cameras attached. The camera projects images onto a video screen. This gives your doctor a real-time, close-up view of your internal organs.
The endoscope will enter your body in one of several ways, depending on the area that needs to be examined. It may be inserted into your mouth, rectum or urethra, or through a tiny incision (cut) in your skin. Your doctor will then guide the endoscope through your body.
Endoscopy has many uses, including:
Mercy offers a broad range of endoscopic procedures. These include advanced techniques that combine endoscopy with imaging technology:
Mercy offers many other endoscopic procedures to detect problems from head to toe. We can see inside the throat (larynx), joints, lungs, bladder, ureters and female reproductive organs.
It’s normal to feel nervous before having a medical procedure. But tests like endoscopy are a vital step toward getting you the treatments you need. And no matter what your test results show, you’ll find the care and support you need at Mercy.