Capsule endoscopy allows a gastroenterologist evaluate the small intestine in detail. Capsule endoscopy photographs the digestive tract with a wireless camera located within an easy to swallow, pill-sized capsule. As the camera moves through the small intestine, it captures thousands of images, and transfers them to an apparatus fastened to the waist. Gastroenterologists are able to assess the images for irregularities in the digestive tract.
Who Needs a Capsule Endoscopy?
Traditional upper endoscopy and colonoscopy may not be able to reach a large portion of the small intestine. The most common reason for doing capsule endoscopy is to search for a cause of bleeding occurring in the small intestine. A capsule endoscopy may also be appropriate for detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcers, and tumors of the small intestine.
A gastroenterologist may choose this procedure to detect polyps, Crohn’s disease, ulcers, and other abnormalities.
What is the prep for a Capsule Colonoscopy?
For the most accurate, secure inspection, gastroenterologists usually request patients to refrain from eating or drinking anything twelve hours prior to the exam. Your gastroenterologist will inform you of when to begin fasting. Before your capsule colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist may require a bowel prep, or cleansing.
Tell your gastroenterologist any prescriptions, OTC medications, or supplements you currently take. Alert your gastroenterologist of any medication allergies, health conditions, or prior history of gastrointestinal obstructions or disorders. Additionally, if you have a pacemaker or defibrillator let your gastroenterologist know.