Capsule endoscopy (or pill endoscopy) is a newer technology that allows gastrointestinal physicians to visualize the small intestines by means of a pill camera. Because of its location and length the small intestines is not readily accessible to standard endoscopic evaluation. Capsule endoscopy allows for small bowel images to be obtained without the need for an invasive procedure.
For the procedure patients swallow a small camera pill that photographs the intestinal tract. Images are transmitted wirelessly to a recording device and eventually uploaded to a computer with specialized software. Capsule endoscopy images are reviewed by a physician and the study aids in the diagnosis of a variety of small bowel diseases such as obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, small intestinal tumors, and Crohn’s disease.
We at Gateway Gastroenterology have been offering capsule endoscopy since 2003 and have reviewed over 1,000 studies. Capsule endoscopy is generally felt to be a safe test that is complementary to an endoscopy and colonoscopy.
Please watch the video above for more information about capsule endoscopy. Please note that this is a general information video about capsule endoscopy and that it is meant to supplement your specific procedure instructions from our practice.