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During a capsule endoscopy, also known as capsule enteroscopy or small bowel endoscopy, a tiny camera captures images of your digestive tract. Your doctor may order a capsule endoscopy in order to view your small intestine since that area is hard to reach using other endoscopic procedures.
You swallow a capsule, which moves through the digestive tract taking thousands of pictures that your doctor can examine.
Capsule endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. Our doctors use it to diagnose:
Capsule endoscopy may benefit patients suffering from symptoms, including:
You will need to follow specific preparation instructions before your procedure. Learn more about how to prepare for a capsule endoscopy.
A capsule endoscopy is performed while you go about your daily activities. Here is what you can expect on the day of your procedure:
During this time, it is important to follow these instructions carefully, to ensure the success of the procedure:
After eight hours, you should return so the doctor can remove the recorder. He or she will download and review the images and contact you with the results within two to three weeks.
The capsule should pass on its own within five to seven days and may be safely flushed. If it does not pass, notify your physician.