colonoscopy

Pronunciation: (KOH-luh-NOS-koh-pee)

Examination of the inside of the colon using a colonoscope, inserted into the rectum. A colonoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Colonoscopy. A thin, lighted tube is inserted through the anus and rectum and into the colon to look for abnormal areas.

Date last modified: 2006-10-03