Imaging scopes offer a minimally invasive approach to see what’s going on inside the body. We have four different types of scopes: Endoscope, Laparoscope and a Rigid Scope. These scopes allow us to identify abnormalities and perform a variety of procedures including foreign body retrieval and biopsies.
An endoscope is a flexible tube with a viewing port that is inserted either into the stomach through the mouth, the colon via the rectum, or into the lungs through the mouth. The endoscope allows full viewing of the esophagus, stomach, upper part of the small intestine, the colon or lung alveoli.
A laparoscope is a thin, lighted tube that is inserted through an incision in the belly to view the organs in the abdomen. It is a safe technique that minimizes soft tissue trauma to the patient allowing for a faster and a less painful recovery.
The rigid scope is also a thin, lighted tube that is inserted into the nose or the vagina of a female dog. It is used to evaluate the nasal cavity or the urethra and bladder.
Below are images taken during an endoscopy.