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.