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Rick Hatton says he nearly died from stubbornness -- stubbornness which kept him from getting a routine colon screening at age 50 and from seeking medical attention when he started seeing the classic signs of colon cancer.
Endoscopy uses tube-like instruments, called endoscopes, to allow your doctor to look inside your body. Flexible endoscopes equipped with video cameras can be used to view the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tracts.
Several diagnostic and therapeutic interventions can be done endoscopically. The potential to combine diagnosis and therapy in one procedure gives endoscopy a significant advantage over procedures that provide only imaging (i.e., X-ray contrast studies, CT, MRI.)