Endoscopy Handbook

The Endoscopy Handbook – Second Edition (updated June 2017) provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to best practice endoscopy in Australia.

Editors Ian Norton and Michael Bourke assembled a group of expert endoscopists and nurses to create this comprehensive 262-page resource which covers everything from colonoscopy insertion through withdrawal technique and management of variceal bleeding to benign biliary strictures.

Full of detail including charts, tables and high-quality histological and endoscopic images this extensive and comprehensive reference volume is an indispensable resource to any endoscopy unit whether it be a small private day surgery or a tertiary referral centre.             



  • Section 1 – Background and Preparation for Endoscopy

    • How endoscopes work
    • Endoscope reprocessing
    • Reporting, documentation and risk management
    • Management of antiplatelet and anticoagulant agents for endoscopic procedures
    • Antibiotic use in endoscopy
    • Endoscopic imaging
  • Section 2 – Upper Endoscopy

    • Barrett’s oesophagus: diagnosis and management
    • Endoscopic treatment of Barrett’s high-grade dysplasia and early oesophageal adenocarcinoma
    • Management of non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding
    • Endoscopic management of varices and variceal haemorrhage
  • Section 3 – Colonoscopy

    • Colonoscopy: insertion and withdrawal technique
    • Polypectomy
    • Colorectal cancer screening and surveillance
    • Colonoscopic stenting
    • Acute colonic bleeding
  • Section 4 – Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography

    • Biliary obstruction due to malignancy
    • Benign biliary strictures and biliary leaks
    • Chronic pancreatitis
    • Endoscopic management of peripancreatic collections
  • Section 5 – Endoscopic Ultrasound

    • Introduction to endoscopic ultrasound
    • Endoscopic ultrasound for oesophageal and mediastinal indications
    • Endoscopic ultrasound for submucosal lesions in the upper gastrointestinal tract
    • Endoscopic ultrasound for biliary disease and choledocholithiasis
  • Section 6 – Imaging of the Small Intestine

    • Approach to obscure bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract
    • Endoscopic imaging of the small intestine


Hard Copy - AUD99 (including GST) out of print but expected to be back in stock by August 2020.

Electronic Copy - AUD25

Purchase an electronic copy of the Endoscopy Handbook here



GESA would like to acknowledge the editors, Assoc Prof Ian Norton and Prof Michael Bourke, and all the authors who contributed their time and expertise to this edition.


Production of this handbook was enabled by the GESA National Colonoscopy Recertification Program with funding from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, Australian Department of Health.

Published by: Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)
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