The Augusta Health Endoscopy Center offers many types of procedures.
The endoscopic examination of the large colon using a flexible tube called a colonoscope which is fitted with a video camera. Colonoscopy is performed for those who are in need of a screening colonoscopy or for those who are experiencing symptoms such as abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia, or change in bowel habits.
Upper GI Endoscopy
The endoscopic examination used to visualize the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum using a flexible endoscope fitted with a video camera. Upper endoscopes are performed for those experiencing symptoms including abdominal pain, epigastric pain, difficulty swallowing, nausea/vomiting, reflux, bleeding, anemia, or indigestion.
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
An endoscopic procedure used to identify stones, tumors, or narrowing in the bile ducts. ERCP is used for symptoms such as abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, or mal-absorption relating to the gallbladder.
A procedure that views the inside of the airways using a flexible bronchoscope. This procedure is done for those with suspected lung cancer, bleeding in the lungs, a chronic cough, or a foreign body in the airways.
TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram)
An alternative to the "traditional" echocardiogram, used to view the structures of the heart.
A procedure in which a capsule, with a video camera inside, is swallowed in order to view the small intestine. Capsule endoscopy is a useful tool for viewing the small intestine and can diagnose causes of bleeding, small intestine tumors, and Crohn’s disease.