Capsule endoscopy uses a capsule with a tiny camera in it to take pictures of the digestive tract. The capsule is swallowed like a pill and provides images of the patient’s digestive tract for the physician. These pictures are sent to a recorder outside the body. The capsule passes out of the body through the stool within a few days.
Why would I have a Capsule Endoscopy?
Capsule endoscopy is mostly used to check for problems within the small bowel (intestine). These problems include bleeding and tumors. The test can also help diagnose Crohn’s disease, a condition that causes inflammation, sores, and narrowing of the bowel. The test is done in our office.
Risks and Possible Complications
There is a small chance that the capsule becomes stuck in the bowels and does not pass out of the body. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.