Capsule endoscopy is a procedure in which a tiny wireless camera that sits in a vitamin-sized capsule, when swallowed, then travels through the digestive tract.
As the capsule passes through, it takes thousands of pictures of the digestive tract that are transmitted to a recorder. Capsule endoscopy is a powerful diagnostic tool that allows doctors see the inside of the small intestine.
Capsule endoscopy helps examine areas that are not easily reached with traditional endoscopy procedures. Capsule Endoscopy can be highly beneficial in detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, and tumors of the small intestine.
Capsule endoscopy uses a swallowed capsule that carries a tiny camera to take photographs of the inside of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. To be able to perform capsule endoscopy the intestines are first cleared up using laxatives and/or purges.
Capsule Endoscopy is usually used when other methods like Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy and/or Enteroscopy have failed to render a diagnosis. The capsule moves naturally through the digestive tract taking pictures that are downloaded to a computer and evaluated.
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