Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure that allows physicians to examine the inside of a hollow body organ. The endoscope itself is a long, thin tube with a light and a tiny camera that broadcasts images of the inside of a patient’s body onto a screen. The entire endoscopy is filmed so doctors can refer to it for diagnostic purposes.
The Endoscopy Suites
As the only place in Marin to offer anesthesia-assisted endoscopy, we serve a large number of people. What’s more, the number of procedures performed at Marin General Hospital increased by 25 percent over the past year. Fortunately, we have two state-of-the-art endoscopy suites to handle the community’s growing needs. Patients undergoing endoscopic testing are prepped in the hospital’s ambulatory surgery department, wheeled to the endoscopy suites for their procedure, and then returned to ambulatory surgery to recover. Our state-of-the-art equipment and technologies include the following:
- The High-Definition Olympus 180 series with narrow band imaging
- Specialized scopes designed for 24-hour pH study with impedance. These scopes measure reflux of any type, both acid and non-acid liquid as well as gas. We are the only hospital in Marin County to offer testing with this equipment.
- Leading-edge software that allows the physician to drop photos in the endoscopy report in real time, as the procedure is being performed
Learn more about Endoscopy Procedures performed at Marin General Hospital.
The Endoscopy Team
Our expert endoscopy team includes fellowship-trained gastroenterologists and anesthesiologists, specially trained and certified technicians, and a team of three ACLS-certified nurses with 40 years of combined experience.