Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your digestive tract. The camera sits inside a vitamin-sized capsule that you swallow. As the capsule travels through your digestive tract, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder.
The images saved on the recorder are transferred to a computer with special software that strings the images together to create a video.
Generally, patients can resume normal activities while the camera pill passes through your digestive tract. You may be asked to avoid repetitive movements that could disrupt the recorder.
When is Capsule endoscopy used?
Capsule endoscopy our doctors see inside your small intestine - an area that isn't easily reached with conventional endoscopy.
We may use capsule endoscopy to diagnose or treat:
- Obscure gastrointestinal bleeding
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
- Celiac disease
How to prepare for a Capsule Endoscopy
It is very important to follow your doctor's instructions to ensure a successful procedure
To prepare for capsule endoscopy, your doctor may ask that you:
- Restrict your diet. Only consume clear liquids for 24 hours before the procedure to ensure that the camera captures clear images.
- Stop or delay taking certain medications, to prevent them from interfering with the camera.
- Avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting after the procedure.