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Capsule Endoscopy

What is Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy?

Your physician may determine that a capsule endoscopy of the small bowel is necessary to further evaluate your condition.  Capsule Endoscopy will provide your physician with pictures of your small intestine.

What is Capsule Endoscopy?

The capsule utilizes a wireless video camera small enough to swallow to perform painless endoscopic imaging of the small intestine.  The capsule contains a camera, light source, radio transmitter, and battery.  Patients can simply swallow the capsule and the camera takes and transmits about two images per second as it travels the entire length of the gastrointestinal tract.  Thousands of video images are transmitted by sensors attached to the patient’s abdomen.  These images are stored on a data recorder worn by the patient as a halter belt, and later downloaded onto a computer for viewing by your physician.

Why is Capsule Endoscopy of the small bowel performed?

Capsule endoscopy assists in diagnosing gastrointestinal conditions such as bleeding, malabsorption, abdominal pain, tumors, Crohn’s Disease, celiac sprue and drug-induced ulceration.  Capsule Endoscopy can help your physician determine the cause for recurrent or persistent symptoms such as diarrhea, bleeding or anemia.  In certain chronic gastrointestinal diseases, this method can also help to evaluate the extent to which your small intestine is involved or monitor the effect of therapy.  The physician can also use capsule endoscopy to obtain motility data such as gastric or small bowel passage time.

Preparing for the procedure

The patient will receive preparation instructions from our office before the procedure date.  The patient must follow these instructions in order to obtain maximum results.  Complete preparation instructions can be viewed here:  Capsule Endoscopy Prep.  Please inform our office in advance about any medications you take, if you have a pacemaker or other implanted electro-medical device, previous abdominal surgeries, swallowing difficulties or previous history of bowel obstruction.

What can I expect during Capsule Endoscopy?

When the patient arrives, the procedure will be fully explained, a consent form signed and the instructions for the day’s activities will be given.  The patient will then have the sensor leads attached to the abdomen and a halter belt will be put on which holds the data recorder.  The capsule is swallowed with a glass of water and then the patient is instructed on dietary guidelines for the day and what time to return the same afternoon. The patient is then free to leave and pursue their regular activity.  Upon completion of the allotted time, the patient will return to our office and the halter and sensors will be removed and the patient is free to go.  Results of the Capsule Endoscopy will be available within 7-10 days.  If the patient was referred to our office by another physician, the patient will receive his/her results from that physician.  The disposable capsule will pass naturally in 3-5 days in a regular bowel movement.

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