Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic tool that is useful in imaging the small intestine. A camera sits inside a vitamin-size capsule that is swallowed. As the capsule travels through the digestive tract, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are later analysed.

How is it performed?

  • First, adhesive patches are attached to the abdomen, each patch contains an antenna with wires that connect to a recorder. The recorder is worn around the waist.
  • The doctor will ask the patient to swallow the camera capsule with some water.
  • The patient can then go about their day, although the doctor might suggest some restrictions.
  • One must wait two hours after swallowing the capsule to resume drinking clear liquids.
  • The capsule endoscopy procedure is complete after eight hours or when the capsule is excreted.
  • The recorder is submitted to the doctor for analysis of the photos.

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