Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that evaluates the small intestine (including the subsections known as the duodenum, jejunum and ileum), the portion of the digestive tract located between the stomach and the colon. This area can be difficult to examine with a traditional upper endoscopy (link to upper endoscopy page) or colonoscopy. In addition, capsule endoscopy can provide clearer images of the intestine lining than other imaging tests.
Capsule endoscopy may aid in diagnosing conditions including:
During the procedure, the patient is asked to swallow a vitamin-sized capsule containing a small wireless camera complete with its own lens and light source nested inside. As the pill passes through the digestive tract, the camera transmits images to a recording device kept on the patient for approximately eight hours. During that time, rigorous activity such as running and jumping should be avoided to ensure accurate results.
At the end of the procedure, the recording device is returned to the physician for data analysis, and the capsule will pass naturally and be excreted.
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