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Wireless Capsule Endoscopy

Wireless Capsule Endoscopy is a modern procedure in which a camera encased within a capsule and coated with stomach acid-resistant biocompatible material is swallowed, allowing for pictures to be taken and transmitted to a recording device worn by the patient.

The patient resumes normal activity during the next 8 hours, as images are continuously taken and recorded. The patient then returns to the doctor’s office, where the recording device is removed, allowing the recorded images to be transferred to a computer and transformed into a digital movie that will be examined by the doctor. The capsule itself will be expelled normally with the next bowel movement.

A Wireless Capsule Endoscopy may be used to:

Diagnose problems in the small intestine such as bleeding, inflammation or causes of abdominal pain.

Preparing for a Wireless Capsule Endoscopy

You may be instructed to restrict your diet, only allowing for clear liquids for 24 hours before the procedure.

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Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital

Gastroenterology Services
610.534.6270
Direct Access Endoscopy
Physician Assistant
610.237.7360


Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

Gastroenterology Services
215.748.9833


Mercy Suburban Hospital

Endoscopy Unit
610.278.2146

Direct Access Endoscopy
Nurse Navigator

610.278.2168


Nazareth Hospital

Endoscopy
215.335.7740