The video capsule endoscopy is a very powerful diagnostic tool that allows your gastroenterologist to examine your intestines for sources of bleeding or any other abnormality.
It can be used to diagnose Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, small bowel polyps, and other gastrointestinal disorders.
How it's done:
You will have to swallow a capsule that is less than an inch in length. The capsule contains a very small video camera. Sensors will be attached to your chest that are connected to a data recorder that is worn on your belt. The video capsule takes pictures as it travels through the entire length of your gastrointestinal tract. These pictures are sent to the data recorder that is attached to your belt. After about 8 hours, the data recorder will be removed, and the pictures examined. The capsule itself passes out of your body within a day or two.
Here are some important benefits of video capsule endoscopy:
- The entire small intestine is visualized with the video capsule endoscopy unlike a colonoscopy which focuses on the lower part of the intestine or an upper endoscopy which focuses on the stomach and the upper intestine.
- The video capsule endoscopy is noninvasive. In the traditional endoscopy procedure, a thin tube is inserted down your throat.
- The video capsule endoscopy is painless. Therefore, you do not have to take any pain medications.
- Hospital stay is not required. You can go about your routine activities of daily living after swallowing the capsule.
- Minimal preparation is required. You will have to fast for 12 hours prior to swallowing the capsule, but no other preparation is required.
- Video capsule endoscopy technology offers greater magnification and images with excellent resolution compared to the traditional endoscopy procedure.
- Video capsule endoscopy can identify superficial lesions that may be missed on radiographic studies.
- Functional information can also be provided as the capsule moves through your intestines.
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