Flexible Endoscopes – Orientation

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Flexible Endoscopes – Orientation
June 22, 2023
5 min read
A medical professional holding a flexible endoscope during a procedure.

A basic introduction to the use and types of flexible endoscopes.

This is the first article in a series of four to provide a basic education regarding flexible endoscopes. This article will serve as a basic orientation to the use of flexible endoscopes in the medical field.


In today's healthcare landscape, the use of highly complex and delicate surgical equipment, such as endoscopes and video cart systems, is rapidly increasing within hospitals and surgery centers. As a result, healthcare personnel and salespeople are required to possess a thorough understanding of the proper care, handling, and maintenance of these critical instruments. BPI Medical, a leading medical instrument and equipment repair and manufacturing company, is dedicated to providing valuable insights into the world of flexible endoscopes.

A Olympus brand flexible endoscope.

Flexible endoscopes are designed to provide physicians and healthcare professionals with a less invasive means of examining interior body cavities. The specific type of exploratory procedure determines whether a rigid or flexible endoscope is needed and what size is appropriate. While all endoscopes are fragile and complex instruments that demand special care and handling, flexible scopes require an extra level of delicacy.

Types and Functionality:

There are two major types of flexible endoscopes: fiber scopes and video scopes. Fiber scopes utilize a fiber optic image bundle to transmit images from the distal end of the endoscope to an eyepiece located at the proximal end. On the other hand, video scopes employ a CCD chip as a camera at the distal end, transmitting the image to a processing unit and then to a video monitor. This technological advancement eliminates the need for an eyepiece, making video endoscopes the predominant choice in the field. However, fiber scopes still maintain their relevance and find applications in certain scenarios.

Maintenance and Care:

The delicate nature of flexible endoscopes necessitates proper maintenance and care. BPI Medical emphasizes the significance of adhering to decontamination and sterilization procedures to ensure patient safety and the longevity of the equipment. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the techniques and procedures involved in the proper care and handling of flexible endoscopes.

Partner with BPI Medical for Endoscope Repair and Service:

BPI Medical is your trusted partner for endoscope repair and service. Our team of highly skilled technicians possesses the expertise to handle the intricate repair needs of flexible endoscopes. Whether it's routine maintenance, repairs, or calibration, BPI Medical is dedicated to ensuring that your equipment operates at its peak performance.

Embark on a Journey into Flexible Endoscopes:

Delve into the world of flexible endoscopes with BPI Medical. Expand your knowledge of these indispensable medical instruments, their types, uses, and the essential practices for their maintenance. Begin your journey today with BPI Medical, the industry leader in endoscope repair and service.

Type - Area of Use:

Colonoscope -Lower GI - Colon

Sigmoidoscope -Lower GI - Sigmoid Colon

Duodenoscope - Upper GI - Pancreatic Duct

Gastroscope - Upper GI - Thoracic

Bronchoscope - Upper GI - Lungs

Enteroscope - Small Intestine

Choleodoscope - Ducts, Gall Bladder

Uretero Renoscope - Urethra

Hysteroscope - Uterus

Laryngoscope - Tracheal Intubation

Rhinolaryngoscope - Nasal Passages

Cystofiberscope - Male Urethra


Manufacturers of Flexible Endoscopes

Circon/ACMI – www.acmicorp.com
Fujinon – www.fujinonendoscopy.com
Olympus – www.olympusamerica.com
Pentax – www.pentaxmedical.com
Richard Wolf – www.richard-wolf.com
Storz – www.karlstorz.com
Boston Scientific – www.bostonscientific.com

A flexible endoscope being handled by a medical professional.