What is an Endoscopy?
Endoscopies are procedures reserved for analyzing the digestive system and internal organs, and diagnosing any conditions or diseases that are discovered there. These procedures involve an endoscope, which is a handheld camera that is small enough to be inserted into the patient's orifices in order to see inside. These types of examinations are vital to patients experiencing serious symptoms that could jeopardize their health.
What are Rigid and Flexible Endoscopes?
The big difference between these two types of endoscopes is right in the names: a flexible tube structure versus a stiff, rigid one. Both have their advantages and price points, though flexible endoscopes tend to be used more often.
A rigid endoscope is used in minimally invasive procedures where a physician needs a superficial look inside the body. These procedure areas can include the nose, throat, or rectum.
A flexible endoscope is the best choice for internal organs that have bends and turns, such as the heart or digestive system. These types of endoscopes are flexible and curved, which can be controlled by the clinician during the procedure. The clinician will determine which endoscope type is best, but patients can discuss the advantages of either.
Types of Endoscopes at MFI Medical
Here's a quick list of the types of scopes available, and their designated purposes:
- Duodenoscopes: Used for viewing the top area of the small intestine (duodenum).
- Colonoscopes: Examines the colon area.
- Esophagoscopes: Used to inspect the esophagus.
- Bronchoscopes: Specialized for inspecting the lungs and air passages.
- Cystoscopes: Ultra-thin tube designed to fit through the urethra and into the bladder.
- Choledochoscopes: Another thin tube scope for inspecting bile ducts.
- Gastroscopes: Used for inspecting the condition of stomachs and upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Hysteroscopes: Inserted through the cervix to examine the uterus.
- Laryngoscopes: Used for examining the throat, such as the vocal folds and glottis.
- Rhinolaryngoscopes: Intended for use examining the nose and larynx.
- Sigmoidoscopes: Can inspect the large intestine via the rectum and sigmoid colon.
- Ureteroscopes: Used to identify kidney stones or other obstructions in the ureters connecting to the bladder.
The endoscope itself is actually just one part of the system required to get a safe and thorough look at a patient's internal organs. Additional accessories can keep your endoscopes clean and functional, as well as ensure accurate results. For example, the ConMed CleanCage Endoscope Valve-Tracking System handles and tracks endoscope valves during reprocessing after a procedure. For biopsies, ConMed Biopsy Channel Accessory Introducer ensures a clear path for sample-taking tools such as injection needles, brushes, and catheters. Cleaning brushes and trays are also essential to cleansing endoscopes after use and preventing cross-contamination between uses.
Specials on Endoscopes
We not only strive to have the best equipment available for customers, we also provide them at the most affordable prices too. Stop by our Discounts page to see the latest deals and discounts on products you need, including endoscopes. But be sure to check back frequently as these deals are often limited-time and change throughout the year.