The gastroscope is a flexible viewing tube which is used to examine disorders of the oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small bowel (duodenum). Through the gastroscope these organs can be visualised and, if it is considered appropriate, biopsies (or small tissue samples) can be taken for pathological examination and diagnosis.
Capsule endoscopy is a new technology designed to examine the small intestine. The test involves swallowing a capsule (about the size a large vitamin capsule) which takes multiple digital images of the small intestine. The images are transmitted to a data recorder on a sensor belt that is worn around the abdomen.
The colonoscope is a long flexible tube, which can be inserted through the rectum and allows examination of the large intestine and if possible the last part of the small intestine. Through the colonoscope small tissue samples (biopsies) and polyps can be removed for pathological diagnosis.
Screening tests are check-ups to detect cancer early. Colon or Bowel Cancer Screening can reduce the risk of death from bowel cancer in people over 50 years of age.
Hobson Healthcare specialises in performing colonoscopy in those individuals who have a positive faecal occult test result as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.