An endoscopy is an inspection of body organs or cavities using a flexible tube with a camera and light attached. While there are many types of endoscopy, we provide access to the two most common types of endoscopy – colonoscopy and gastroscopy. As appropriate, we also undertake capsule endoscopy also known as a PillCam
A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the inside lining of your large bowel. The doctor will use a colonoscope, a long, thin flexible tube with a small camera and light attached, to see pictures of the inside of your bowel on a video screen.
The scope bends so it can move around the curves of your colon. The colonoscope can also be used to remove growths or polyps, which are fleshy growths in the bowel lining. A colonoscopy can also be used to take a biopsy, a very small section of the bowel lining, which can be tested to identify many conditions.
A gastroscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The doctor will use a gastroscope, a small, flexible fiberoptic instrument, to pass through the mouth to allow a direct visual inspection of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodendum (small bowel).
A gastroscope can also be used to take a biopsy, a very small section of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which can be tested to identify a range of conditions.
Capsule endoscopy is a technology that uses a swallowed video capsule to take photographs of the inside of the oesophagus, stomach, and small intestine. The video capsule contains an imaging device and light source and transmits images during the time the capsule is inside the patient.
The patient makes an initial visit to our Centre to ingest the capsule and be fitted with a comfortable belt (SensorBelt) containing sensors and the DataRecorder. The patient may return home or go to work. The patient returns at the end of the day to have the equipment removed.