Endoscopy means looking inside and typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an endoscope. This is an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. Unlike most other medical imaging devices, endoscopes are inserted directly into the organ. Endoscopes can be rigid or flexible. We use a fibre-optic light source to illuminate the scope which enables us to visualise inside the body.
In Veterinary medicine and at Vet HQ we have used endoscopy for diagnostic biopsy of the stomach, intestine, rectum, nose and ear. We have removed foreign bodies from the esophagus, stomach and ear. We have used the scope to wash out the nose and remove tumors from that area. I have referred cases to Specialist Veterinary Surgeons for rigid scoping of the Chest, Abdomen, Bladder and Joints.
We have two scopes at vet HQ a 3.8mm flexiable scope used for the nose and stomach/intestines in a small dog. We also have a 9.8mm flexible scope for intestinal biopsy.
Should the need arise we will talk to you about all the various options we have available to treat your pets.
A flexible endoscope
View through the endoscope