Capsule endoscopy allows for the visualization of the small intestine with the use of the small “pill” camera, to visualize a portion of the gastrointestinal tract that cannot be easily seen with the upper endoscope or the colonoscope. This miniature video device is swallowed by the patient and takes rapid sequence photographs that are transmitted to a wireless external monitoring device as it travels through the gastrointestinal tract.
What You Can Expect from a Capsule Endoscopy
To have the procedure performed, you would come to the office in the morning after being on liquids the previous day. The monitoring system would be attached to your abdomen with a data recorder that you would wear on your belt. You would then be asked to swallow the pill sized capsule and video imaging of your gastrointestinal tract would begin.
You would then go home and do your usual activities, able to take liquids at a light meal a couple of hours after the study begins. You would return at the end of the day with the data recorder having taken approximately 50,000 images that would then be downloaded onto a computer for the review by the physician. Results of the study should be available within about 1 week.
The video capsule itself will go through your entire gastrointestinal tract within several days and be passed through your stool.
Why to Consider a Capsule Endoscopy
With visualization of the gastrointestinal tract with video imaging, capsule endoscopy can provide detailed information to help make diagnoses possible. Some of the major reasons to consider capsule endoscopy include:
- Anemia – can detect occult blood loss from the small intestine
- Identify source of gastrointestinal bleeding
- Small intestinal ulceration
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Small intestinal tumors
Capsule Endoscopy Procedure
The camera found in the capsule is capable of taking thousands of images of your digestive tract. With the use of a special monitor and software, your doctor can get a clearer picture of your issues and provide you with the best treatment plan.
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