Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy allows for the visualization of small intestine with the use of a small “pill” camera, portion of the gastrointestinal tract that cannot be easily seen with the upper endoscope and 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 is travels through the GI tract. Common reasons that a patient would undergo capsule endoscopy would include unexplained anemia looking for a small intestinal source of bleeding, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), polyps, or tumors. Typically, you would come to the office in the morning after

Common reasons that a patient would undergo capsule endoscopy would include unexplained anemia looking for a small intestinal source of bleeding, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), polyps, or tumors. Typically, you would come to the office in the morning after

Typically, you would come to the office in the morning after a being on liquids the previous day. The monitoring system would be attached to your abdomen with a data recorder that you wear on your belt. You would swallow the pill-sized capsule and the video imaging of your GI tract begins. You go home and do your usual activities, able to take liquids and a light meal a couple of hours after the study begins. You would then return at the end of the day with the data recorder and the approximately 50000 images are then downloaded onto a computer for review by the physician. The video capsule will pass through your intestinal tract with your bowel movements in a day or two. You will then get the results, usually after about a week.