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.