Capsule Endoscopy

What is a Flexible Capsule Endoscopy?

CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY – enables your doctor to examine the three portions (duodenum, jejunum, ileum) of your small intestine by swallowing a capsule which will take pictures as it makes its way down through your small bowel. Your doctor will have you swallow a vitamin-pill sized video capsule, which has its own camera and light source. While the video capsule travels through your body, images are sent to a data recorder you will wear on a waist belt. Afterwards, your physician will view images on a video monitor and your study will be reviewed.

What to Expect

The day before the test you will only be allowed clear liquids starting at 12 noon then nothing to drink after 7PM that evening. You will arrive at the hospital around 7AM and have patches applied to your abdomen which will be attached to a data recorder which will be attached to a belt you will wear around your waist. Then you will swallow the capsule and it will pass naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting video images to the data recorder. At that time you will then be able to leave the hospital and will return to have the recorder removed in 6-8 hours. Two hours after the capsule is ingested you will be allowed clear liquids and four hours after you can have a light meal. Most patients find the test comfortable.

What Happens After

At the end of the 6-8 hours, you will need to return to the hospital to have the patches and data recorder removed. The images will be downloaded onto a computer for the physician to review. The capsule will pass naturally. Following the review of the images by your physician you will follow up with the physician of your family physician to find out the results of the test. You should not have an MRI or be near a MRI machine until the capsule passes. All other activities can be resumed when you leave the hospital.