Endoscope

Definition 
An endoscope is a device with a light attached, used to look inside a body cavity or organ. The scope is inserted through a natural opening, such as the mouth during a bronchoscopy, the rectum for a sigmoidoscopy, or the vagina for a cystoscopy. A medical procedure using any type of endoscope is called endoscopy.

Related topics:

     
  • bronchoscopy  
  • cystoscopy  
  • colonoscopy  
  • cystourethroscopy  
  • ERCP  
  • esophagogastroduodenoscopy  
  • gastroscopy  
  • laryngoscopy  
  • proctosigmoidoscopy  
  • sigmoidoscopy

 

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Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Gevorg A. Poghosian, Ph.D.

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