Overview

This procedure is used to examine the small intestine for inflammation, bleeding, ulcers, or abnormal growths. The patient swallows a pill-shaped capsule that contains a lighted camera, known as an endoscope, which transmits video of the intestine.

Preparation

The physician attaches a small data recorder to the patient's waist, and the patient swallows the capsule endoscope.

The Examination

Over the next eight hours, the endoscope passes naturally through the patient's digestive tract and transmits images to the data recorder. During this time, the patient can continue normal activity, but must avoid rigorous physical activity such as running or jumping.

End of Procedure

The patient returns to the physician's office and the data recorder is removed. The images on the recorder will be reviewed by the physician. The capsule is disposable and is normally excreted naturally.