Comparing EGD and Endoscopy


Distinguishing between Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and Endoscopy can be pivotal in understanding these medical procedures. This FAQ guide aims to illuminate the differences and similarities between EGD and Endoscopy, providing clarity on when each is employed, their specific purposes, and what patients can anticipate. Whether you’re seeking insights into gastrointestinal examinations or exploring diagnostic options, this resource is tailored to address common questions related to these two medical procedures. Explore the Imaging FAQs section below for detailed comparisons.

What is the difference between EGD and endoscopy?

In medical terminology, EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) and endoscopy are often used interchangeably. However, endoscopy is a broader term that encompasses various procedures using an endoscope—a flexible tube with a light and camera. EGD specifically refers to the endoscopic procedure focused on examining the upper digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. So, while all EGDs are endoscopies, not all endoscopies are EGDs, as endoscopy can involve examining other parts of the body beyond the upper digestive system.

Is an EGD the same as an endoscopy?

An EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a type of endoscopy procedure that specifically examines the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. While an EGD is a form of endoscopy, not all endoscopies are EGDs. Endoscopy is a broader term that encompasses various procedures used to visualize different parts of the body using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera attached to it.
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