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 Examination of the inside of the stomach using a gastroscope passed through the mouth and esophagus. A gastroscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing.



An upper GI endoscopy gives your doctor a picture of your digestive system that cannot be seen through a normal X-rays.

The Gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at the inside lining of your esophagus, your stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (duodenum). A thin, flexible viewing tool called an endoscope (scope) is used. Your Gastroenterology will use the upper GI endoscopy to look for health issues and take tissues samples to find health problems, such as:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

  • Ulcers

  • Cancer or a tumor

  • Swelling

  • Celiac disease

  • Low iron

  • Nutritional deficiencies

Also to figure out why you are having certain symptoms, such as:

  • Heartburn that won’t go away

  • Bleeding

  • Throwing up

  • Upset stomach that won’t go away

  • Stomach Pain

  • Losing weight

  • Swallowing problems

An upper GI endoscopy can also be used to treat certain health issues, such as:

  • Bleeding ulcers and blood vessels

  • Strictures (narrowing)

  • Objects or foods that are stuck

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