Capsule Endoscopy is a procedure used to diagnose diseases of the small intestine. This part of the digestive tract is quite long and cannot be easily examined using standard upper endoscopy or colonoscopy.
Capsule Endoscopies utilize a video capsule the size of a large pill that contains a miniature camera. After the capsule is swallowed, it transmits images of the lining of the small intestine that are recorded on a small monitor worn by the patient throughout the procedure.
After the study is completed, a physician can review the images on a computer screen. This procedure is used to diagnose problems of the small intestine such as bleeding, ulcers, Crohn’s Disease, tumors and Celiac Sprue.