Capsule endoscopy uses a video capsule to examine the lining of the entire small intestine. It is a simple test. You will be required to swallow the vitamin pill sized video capsule which has its own camera and light source. The capsule camera takes photographs every second. A capsule study lasts 8 hours during which time you are free to move around. The capsule sends images to a data recorder that you will wear on a waist belt.
How will it help me?
A Capsule Study will help to determine the cause for recurrent, persistent and unexplained iron deficiency anaemia. A Capsule Study also obtains motility data including gastric and small bowel passage time.
Risks Associated with Capsule Endoscopy
Complications are rare and include
- Retention of the capsule.
- If you have new abdominal discomfort after investigation by camera, please inform your doctor.
If any of your questions have not been answered here, please feel free to discuss them with the nurse or your doctor before the procedure begins.
Please advise if you are diabetic before booking for this investigation.