What is a Capsule Endoscopy?
The capsule endoscopy provides an improved level of visual imaging for diagnosis of diseases of the small bowel. The capsule endoscopy is a small video capsule that has its own camera and light source. The capsule is ingested by the patient and as it travels through the GI tract it sends images to a data recorder that the patient wears around the waist. The data recorder is worn for approximately 8 hours and then removed. All the images that are captured are downloaded to a computer and complied to make a video that your physician will view. This procedure is non-invasive, does not require sedation and the patient is free to move about.
How should I prepare for a capsule endoscopy?
You should receive preparation instructions before the examination. An empty stomach allows optimal viewing, so you will need to start a liquid diet after lunch the day prior to the examination and have nothing to eat or drink including water for approximately 10 hours before the examination. It is important to discuss with your physician any medication you take, if you have a pacemaker, a defibrillator, had previous abdominal surgery or history of bowel obstructions. An oral laxative may be prescribed the day before the procedure.