An endoscopy procedure uses imaging to assess your body tissues and organs, including the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. By viewing your GI tract, your doctor can diagnose several medical conditions.
There are different endoscopy techniques available, and one among them is capsule endoscopy.
Read on to learn more about this technique, the procedures involved, and its uses.
Capsule endoscopy, also known as video capsule endoscopy or wireless capsule endoscopy, uses a tiny wireless camera placed in a pill-sized capsule to take pictures of your GI tract. When you swallow the capsule, the camera begins to move through your GI tract and takes several pictures, which are then transferred to a recording device around your waist.
Though capsule endoscopy can help visualize several GI tract parts, it is specifically used to view the small intestine, which is difficult to access with conventional endoscopy techniques.
Capsule endoscopy is performed to detect:
Though capsule endoscopy is a safe procedure, it poses a small risk of the capsule getting stuck in your GI tract. This is common in people experiencing a narrowing in their GI tract due to:
Generally, the capsule that is stuck will pass on its own, but it may cause symptoms, such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and nausea. In such circumstances, surgery may be required to remove it.
Your doctor may use the following before a capsule endoscopy to evaluate the chances of capsule retention:
Capsule endoscopy may not be recommended if you:
During the Procedure
If 8 hours have passed or the capsule passes out during a bowel movement, you should visit your doctor to get the electrodes and recording device removed.
Your doctor will transfer the images from the recording device to a computer with specialized software that will create a video by grouping the images. Then, they will watch the video to look for any abnormalities and act accordingly.
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