esophagoscopy

Pronunciation: (ee-SAH-fuh-GOS-koh-pee)

Examination of the esophagus using an esophagoscope. An esophagoscope 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: Esophagoscopy. A thin, lighted tube is inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus to look for abnormal areas.

Date last modified: 2007-01-31