Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your digestive tract. The camera sits inside a vitamin-sized capsule that you swallow. As the capsule travels through your digestive tract, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist or over your shoulder.
Capsule Endoscopy is used to diagnose diseases of the small intestine including Crohn’s Disease, Celiac disease and other malabsorption disorders, benign and malignant tumors of the small intestine, vascular disorders and medication related small bowel injury.
You doctor will ask you to be on a clear liquid diet the day before and the day of the test. A clear liquid diet will help with visualization of the digestive tract and insure that no food or foreign bodies will be in the way of the camera. Detailed instructions will be given to you prior to your test.