Diagnosing injuries, diseases and conditions would be nearly impossible today without the range of methods available to look inside the human body. This guide explains the different techniques, how they work, and what to expect if one of them is ordered for you.
Computed tomography scans, or CT scans, combine X-rays with a computer’s assistance to create ... read more »
Endoscopy allows doctors to see inside the human body by inserting a narrow tube with an attached camera into various parts of the body. The sites below show you what endoscopy is, when it’s used and what to expect during procedures.
- Endoscopy uses an endoscope, which has many forms. The name changes depending on the body part involved. A laparoscope, for example, is inserted into an incision made in the abdomen, while a bronchoscope goes into the body through the nose or mouth.
For an overview of endoscopy …
The American Cancer Society
explains how endoscopy works. Read a lengthy discussion of endoscopy’s role in detecting and treating cancer. Scroll down to the heading “What Does the Procedure Involve?” to find a table listing each type of test and whether any special preparation is needed, including its length and the kind of anesthesia generally used.
, a consumer health site developed by the insurance company Aetna, offers an overview of endoscopies that explains what to expect through each stage, from preparing for the procedure to post-procedure symptoms.
For endoscopy and children …
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