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Capsule Endoscopy

What is Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy with the PillCam SB video device enables your consultant to examine your entire small intestine. Your consultant will have you ingest a video capsule that has its own camera and light source. You can move freely during the exam, which lasts about eight hours.

While the video capsule travels through your body, it sends images to a data recorder which you wear in a shoulder bag. Afterwards your consultant will view the images on a video monitor.

What can I expect?

The consultant or nurse will prepare you for the examination by attaching sensors to your abdominal wall. The video capsule is swallowed with water and passes naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting video images to a data recorder that you will wear close to your waist. Usually you can eat within 4 hours after the capsule ingestion unless your consultant instructs you otherwise. The examination is over approximately eight hours after the capsule was ingested.

Are there any risks?

Capsule endoscopy is a very safe test, however, rarely complications may occur. The most important is the possible retention of the capsule, please keep an eye on things and note down the time the capsule was eliminated. If you do not notice this within 8 hours then please contact the Endoscopy Department.

After the test

At the end of the procedure, the data recorder and sensor array will be removed and the images acquired during your exam will then be downloaded to a workstation for your consultant to review. After ingesting the capsule and until it is excreted, you should not have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examination or be in the vicinity of an MRI machine.

The capsule is disposable and passes naturally with your bowel movement. You should not feel any pain or discomfort.

Going Home?

There are no restrictions on going home after receiving this test.