Video Capsule Endoscopy
Video capsule endoscopy is used to evaluate the middle portion of your gastrointestinal tract (duodenum, ileum and jejunum) and is useful in determining a source of bleeding, diagnosing ulcers or even detecting tumors. Capsule endoscopy is achieved by swallowing a pill-sized camera, (usually in the early morning). This pill has a light and camera to take pictures along your digestive tract as your body passes the capsule. You will also be asked to wear a recording device that stores the pictures as they are taken and will be downloaded at the end of your study (usually at the end of the day). Your physician will review these pictures and relay the findings to you. The capsule is expelled through your stool, similar to food after it’s digested.