Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your digestive tract. A capsule endoscopy camera sits inside a vitamin-size capsule you swallow. As the capsule travels through your digestive tract, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist.

Capsule Endoscopy helps doctors see inside your small intestine — an area that isn’t easily reached with more-traditional endoscopy procedures. 

Your doctor might recommend a capsule endoscopy procedure to:

  • Find the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease
  • Diagnose cancer
  • Diagnose celiac disease
  • Screen for polyps
  • Do follow-up testing after X-rays or other imaging tests. If results of an imaging test are unclear or inconclusive, your doctor might recommend a capsule endoscopy to get more information.

 

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