A diagnostic endoscopy is an examination to look at your internal organs using an instrument called an endoscope. This is a long, tube-like instrument with a lens and light. It may be inserted through natural opening such as the mouth or anus. An endoscopy is often used to confirm a diagnosis when other devices, such as an MRI, X-ray, or CT scan are considered inappropriate.
An endoscopy is often carried out to find out the degree of problems a known condition may have caused. The endoscopy, in these cases, may significantly contribute towards the doctor’s decision on the best treatment for the patient.
The following conditions and illness are most commonly investigated or diagnosed with an endoscopy:
- Breathing disorders
- Chronic diarrhoea
- Internal bleeding
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Stomach ulcers
- Urinary tract infections