Rochester Regional Health offers many state-of-the-art endoscopy procedures to help diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract, esophagus, colon, and lungs. A small instrument called an endoscope is used to see the inside of the digestive tract.
Common health conditions diagnosed from endoscopic procedures include:
Our expert physicians work together to provide advanced treatment options for conditions affecting the digestive system, including the stomach, intestines, colon, pancreas, liver, and esophagus. Some of our most common procedures are explained in detail below.
An upper endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that explores the inner structures of the uppermost digestive system to pinpoint the cause of unexplained symptoms like:
The test may also be useful for accessing the damage in your esophagus caused by acid reflux and gastroesophageal disease (GERD).
A colonoscopy is both a diagnostic and preventive procedure that can identify changes in your large intestine, colon, and your rectum. These changes can indicate the presence of disease that affects your gastrointestinal health, including colon cancer.
In an ERCP procedure a dye is injected into your bile and pancreatic ducts using a flexible, video endoscope. Then, X-rays are taken to outline the bile ducts and pancreas. An open channel in the scope allows other instruments to be passed through it to perform biopsies, inject solutions, make incisions, or place stents. ERCP helps in diagnosing and treating conditions of the bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas.
ERCP may be used for:
An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive test to further evaluate the digestive tract on a more advanced level. An EUS combines two diagnostic tools:
EUS can be used to detect tumors, biopsy tumors, and stage tumors in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. EUS can be used to take tissue and fluid samples to provide a diagnosis. Or, evaluate abnormal findings from imaging tests, such as cysts of the pancreas.
EUS can also help:
EUS is performed under sedation on an outpatient basis on our Unity and Rochester General Hospital campuses and is well-tolerated by most people.
Video capsule endoscopy (also known as a small bowel capsule endoscopy) is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera inside a capsule to take pictures of your digestive tract. The capsule endoscopy is a vitamin-sized capsule and contains a camera.
Video capsule endoscopy provides pictures inside your small intestine — an area that isn't easily reached with more-traditional endoscopy procedures. VCE examines the intestinal track not easily reached by Colonoscopy or Upper Endoscopy. Unlike a traditional endoscope, the capsule can access the entire length of your small intestine. However, the capsule is not able to treat the conditions it detects.
Video capsule endoscopy may be recommended to: