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Endoscopy Services

Ascension Crittenton Hospital Medical Center’s Endoscopy Department is located on the second floor of the hospital. We are committed to providing high quality medical care in a discreet, comfortable environment.

Endoscopy is a procedure that utilizes a fiberoptic videoscope to examine areas of the body, including the gastrointestinal tract, lungs and more. While the procedure can be used for treatment, it has grown in prominence as a diagnostic tool, since using endoscopy for diagnosis often lessens the need for exploratory surgeries. We work closely with your physician on all aspects of your care, including sedation.

Procedures include:

  • Bronchoscopy – The scope is passed through the nose or mouth and down the windpipe into the lungs. This procedure allows the physician to examine the major air passages, identify problems and collect tissue and fluid samples.
  • Colonoscopy – The scope is passed through the rectum into the lower GI tract, allowing the physician to examine the lining of the rectum and colon, or large intestine. It is considered the most effective diagnostic tool for colon cancer.
  • Gastroscopy – The scope is passed through the mouth and down the throat, allowing physicians to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.
  • Endoscopic Rectrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP) – The scope is passed through the mouth, esophagus and stomach into the duodenum and used to examine the pancreas, bile ducts, liver and gallbladder and identify potential problems. This procedure also allows physicians to perform treatments such as enlarging a bile duct opening, removing gallstones or taking a biopsy specimen.

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