Upper endoscopy

Also known as: Upper enteroscopy

The term “endoscopy” refers to a special technique for looking inside a part of the body. “Upper GI” is the portion of the gastro­intestinal tract, the digestive system, that includes the esophagus, the stomach and the duodenum, the beginning of the small intestine.

An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera and light on the end. By adjusting the various controls on the endoscope, a gastroenterologist can safely guide the instrument to carefully examine the inside lining of the upper digestive system. The high­ quality picture from the endoscope is shown on a TV monitor; it gives a clear, detailed view. Tiny instruments can be passed through an opening in the endoscope to obtain tissue samples, coagulate (stop) bleeding sites, dilate or stretch a narrowed area or perform other treatments.

Providence Gastrointestinal Center provides state-of-the-art gastroenterology services. Our board-certified gastroenterologists diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary system. Providence Gastrointestinal Center is part of a comprehensive program at Providence involving medical and surgical specialties.

The Advanced Endoscopy Center at Providence Gastrointestinal Center diagnoses and treats diseases of the digestive tract, using state-of-the-art technologies not widely available.

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