Procedure using a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your digestive tract.
An upper endoscopy, (EGD), can look a little ways into the first part of the small intestine, (duodenum). A colonoscopy can see a few inches into the last part, (ileum). But that leaves 20 feet or so of coiled up intestines beyond the reach of traditional endoscopy. A capsule endoscopy helps doctors see inside your small intestine – an area that isn’t easily reached with other procedures.
The capsule endoscopy involves swallowing a vitamin sized capsule which contains a camera, a strobe light and a transmitter. It is swallowed in the morning and a recording device is worn for the day. At the end of the day the recording device is removed. As the capsule travels through your digestive tract, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to your recorder.
The doctor will then have 20-30,000 images to sort through on a computer. The patient will receive a report of the results after the study is read.
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