Capsule endoscopy helps your doctor evaluate the small intestine with the use of a pill-sized capsule. This part of the bowel cannot be reached by traditional upper endoscopy or by colonoscopy.
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The most common reason for doing capsule endoscopy is to search for a cause of bleeding from the small intestine. It may also be useful for detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease), ulcers and tumors of the small intestine.
How Capsule Endoscopy Is Performed
A nurse will prepare you for the examination by attaching a sensor belt to your abdomen. You'll then swallow a video capsule, which will pass naturally through your digestive tract, transmitting video images to the data recorder on your sensor belt for approximately eight hours.
At the end of the procedure, you'll return the video capture to the endoscopy department. (If you are an inpatient, your video capture will be returned to the endoscopy department by a nurse, on your behalf.) The data recorder will be removed so that images of your small bowel can be placed on a computer screen for physician review.
Most patients consider the test comfortable. The video capsule is about the size of a large pill. Until the capsule is excreted, you shouldn't be near an MRI device or schedule an MRI test.
After the Study
You can drink clear liquids after two hours and eat a light meal four hours after the capsule ingestion unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You should avoid vigorous physical activity such as running or jumping during the study.