- Everyone over the age of 50 should have periodic examinations and cancer screenings. Individuals with a family history of colon cancer or polyps should have cancer screenings beginning at age 40.
- A colonoscopy is a visual examination of the colon. Your physician will use an endoscope, which is a flexible, fiber-optic video device.
- An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a two step procedure in which dye is first injected into the bile and the pancreatic ducts, and then an x-ray is taken to obtain an image of the pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. To inject the dye, your physician will use an endoscope, which is a flexible, fiber-optic video device which is passed down your esophagus.
- An upper GI endoscopy is a visual examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Your physician will use an endoscope, which is a flexible, fiber-optic device to perform the examination.
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a visual examination of the lower colon (rectum and sigmoid colon).