Capsule endoscopy is a procedure used to diagnose various conditions of the small intestine. The most common reason for performing a capsule endoscopy is to search for a cause of bleeding from the small intestine. It is also useful for detecting Crohn’s disease, polyps, ulcers and tumors of the small intestine.
You will arrive at the office and meet with one of our staff. A sensor device will be placed on your abdomen with an adhesive sleeve and a recording device will be worn as a belt. You will then swallow a pill sized video capsule that has its own lens and light source. The capsule will pass naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting images to the data recorder. At the end of the procedure or after approximately 8 hours, you will return to the office, the data recorder will be removed, and the study will be downloaded to a computer.
After your Capsule Endoscopy
The capsule should pass naturally out of your gastrointestinal tract. You may resume your normal diet. The physician will review the images on a computer and contact you with the results.
Preparing for Capsule Endoscopy
An empty stomach allows for the best examination so you should not eat or drink anything for 12 hours prior to the examination. You may begin to eat a clear liquid diet 4 hours after ingesting the capsule.