Capsule endoscopy is a new technology designed to examine the small intestine. The test involves swallowing a capsule (about the size a large vitamin capsule) which takes multiple digital images of the small intestine. The images are transmitted to a data recorder on a sensor belt that is worn around the abdomen.
You will be required to observe some dietary restrictions the day prior and take some bowel preparation which assists in improving image clarity.
Capsule endoscopy is a day procedure and no sedation or anaesthetic is required.
You will be required to attend our facility in the morning for about 60 minutes.
You will be given a capsule to swallow and the leads and a special belt will be attached to your abdomen. You may then leave the centre and return the equipment the next morning.
You should pass the capsule in your stools within two weeks of the test.
The capsule does not need to be retrieved and can be flushed away. It is uncommon to observe the capsule pass into the toilet.