Common Types Of Endoscopies
American Cancer Society

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What Are the Types of Endoscopy?

Endoscopies fall into categories, based on the area of the body that they investigate. The American Cancer Society (ACS) lists the following types of endoscopies:

Arthroscopy is used to examine your joints. The scope is inserted through a small incision near the joint being examined.

Bronchoscopy is used to examine your lungs. The scope is inserted into your nose or mouth.

Colonoscopy is used to examine your colon. The scope is inserted through your anus.

Cystoscopy is used to examine your bladder. The scope is inserted through your urethra, which is the hole through which you urinate.

Enteroscopy is used to examine your small intestine. The scope is inserted through your mouth or anus.

Hysteroscopy is used for the examining the inside of your uterus. The scope is inserted through your vagina.

Laparoscopy is used to examine your abdominal or pelvic area. The scope is inserted through a small incision near the area that’s being examined.

Laryngoscopy is used to examine your voice box, or larynx. The scope is inserted through your mouth or nostril.

Mediastinoscopy is used to examine the area between the lungs called the “mediastinum.” The scope is inserted through an incision above your breastbone.

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is used to examine your esophagus and upper intestinal tract. The scope is inserted through your mouth.

Ureteroscopy is used to examine your ureter. The scope is inserted through your urethra.