Endoscopy is a way of looking inside the body using a flexible tube that has a small camera on the end of it. This instrument is called an endoscope. An endoscope is passed through a natural body opening or a small incision. For gastrointestinal diagnosis, an endoscope may be inserted through the mouth or anus, depending on the area of interest.
MedStar Georgetown offers that level of expertise and experience with a staff of specialists in advanced endoscopic techniques. Our doctors are skilled at maneuvering the endoscope in even the smallest places in the GI tract and in the tiny ducts leading from the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
In fact, at MedStar Georgetown, our doctors perform nearly 16,000 GI endoscopic procedures a year including:
- Upper endoscopies
- Endoscopic Ultrasounds (EUS)
- Small bowel endoscopies
- Video capsule endoscopies, also known as the pill camera
Our physicians' success rates in performing these procedures exceed national standards and are monitored continuously through quality improvement programs overseen by internal and external medical experts.
Endoscopy as Treatment
Small instruments can be inserted through an endoscope and used to take samples of suspicious tissues. In some cases, endoscopy provides a way to treat an illness as well.