Colonoscopy is the endoscopic examination of the colon until the caecum (there is also the possibility of entering the end part of the ileum, if necessary) with or without biopsy sample harvesting. This is a diagnostic examination for colon or rectal cancer or for investigating anaemia, intestinal inflammation or haemorrhage. The examination is performed using a special flexible endoscope to record and transmit a high resolution image of the interior of the intestines.
Furthermore, we also use a system of carbon dioxide rather than air insufflation in colon endoscopy because it has been proven that when carbon dioxide is used during colonoscopy the quality characteristics of the examination and the patient’s experience are both improved. This is because carbon dioxide is absorbed 150 times faster than atmospheric air, while it decreases faster through normal breathing. This means that the examination:
- Is painless
- Is shorter
- Requires shorter patient recovery time