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Which endoscopy procedures are used to visualize the colon?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Doctors often rely on an endoscope to visualize the inside of the body. A long flexible tube fixed with a tiny fiber optic camera is threaded into an opening to illuminate and magnify the tissue while it is displayed on a computer screen. There are two procedures that visualize the colon using endoscopes, a colonoscopy and a sigmoidoscopy.

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