Video Capsule Endoscopy
A video capsule endoscopy is a procedure that allows a provider to examine your small intestine. It is helpful for diagnosing Crohn’s disease or identifying the source of a GI bleed.
How is it done?
For this procedure, you swallow a capsule that is less than an inch long (about 23 millimeters). A technician attaches sensors to your chest and connects them to a data recorder that you wear on a belt around your waist. The capsule contains a tiny video camera. As the capsule travels through your gastrointestinal tract, the camera takes pictures and sends them to the data recorder. You leave the office and return after 8 hours. The technician removes the data recorder and the provider will later review the images on a special computer; the 60,000 images are viewed like a movie. The capsule passes out of your body in the stool in a day or two.
How Do I Prepare for a Video Capsule Endoscopy?
Click here to view the preparation instructions: Video Capsule Endoscopy