What is a Capsule Endoscopy?

A capsule endoscopy combines ingenuity with medical technology to help diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal diseases.

Many people have wished at one time or another that diagnosing their health problem could be as simple as swallowing a pill. Well with a capsule endoscopy it may be just about that easy. A few things to know about the procedure include:

  • It requires some preparation. You'll likely be asked to consume only clear liquids during the 24 hours prior to the procedure.
  • It involves swallowing a large pill-size capsule containing a very small camera. As the capsule moves through your digestive system, the camera takes pictures of your small intestine that are stored on a recording device you wear around your waist or over your shoulder.
  • It allows a doctor to see an area that is not easily or well seen via a traditional endoscopy or other imaging procedures.
  • It's often a recommended procedure when a doctor is looking to diagnose or treat gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, polyps or cancer.
  • It's considered a safe procedure that has few risks. The camera is active for between eight and twelve hours, sometime after which the capsule should exit your body via a regular bowel movement. Shortly after the procedure you'll be able to resume your regular routine.

To learn more about capsule endoscopy, read our online Health Information page and make an appointment to talk with your doctor. To find out about Medical Center of Lewisville's Imaging Services, visit us online or call us at 972-420-1070.

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