Capsule endoscopy is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure mostly used to find a cause for blood loss from the small bowel, when a gastroscopy or colonoscopy have not identified it elsewhere. This test allows the specialist to examine the lining of the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract.
The test involves swallowing a capsule (about the size of a large vitamin pill) containing a tiny video camera, light bulb, battery, and radio transmitter. Once swallowed, it travels naturally through the digestive system, recording more than 50,000 images over a period of approximately 8 hours. During this time, images are wirelessly transmitted to a recording belt around your waist. The capsule does not need to be retrieved as it is passed (usually unnoticed) into your stools.
Capsule Endoscopy is a day procedure. No sedation is required. You will need to avoid any food after dinner the night prior and follow some dietary instructions on the day of the procedure.
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