Endoscopy is the term used to describe a medical procedure that uses a fine flexible tube, housing a light and camera in its tip. This endoscope allows a specially trained doctor to explore parts of the human body such as the colon, stomach and bladder.
There are several types of endoscopy that are common when diagnosing and treating gastroenterological conditions.
Sometimes instead of a colonoscopy, a ‘virtual’ colonoscopy is enough. This is a special CT scan X ray test that can pick up polyps and cancers.
It may however miss small polyps and, since it is a non-invasive test, no tissue samples can be taken, so if polyps are found you will then need a full colonoscopy.
A sympathetic doctor patient relationship is important for all gastroenterological conditions, as they are of sensitive nature and patients often feel embarrassment talking about their symptoms.
Feel reassured that you are not alone and that specialist help is available.