CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY [br](PILL CAMERA)
Capsule endoscopy involves swallowing a pill-sized camera. It allows your doctor to view the lining of the small bowel, a portion of the GI tract that can be challenging for the physician to access. The most common reason for doing the procedure is to search for a cause of bleeding from the small intestine.
Preparation for capsule endoscopy generally involves adhering to a special diet for several hours prior to the ingestion of the pill. A laxative is generally not necessary. The patient presents to the office in the morning. The patient ingests the pill and a monitor is worn throughout the day. The device contains its own lens and light source. The patient can go about a normal day and even work without interference from the exam. Captured images will be downloaded to a computer at the end of the day when the study is complete and can then be viewed by the physician on a video monitor. The ‘camera’ passes naturally in the stool.