Capsule endoscopy is a non-invasive test used to examine your small intestines.
During this test, patients swallow a vitamin-sized pill which contains a video camera and light source. The pill travels through the entire digestive tract, taking thousands of pictures and sending them to a recording device you wear during the procedure. After swallowing the capsule, you will be able resume normal daily activities. The capsule will pass naturally in a bowel movement and does not need to be retrieved.
After the procedure is complete, you will return the recorder to your doctor and they will view the images captured by the capsule. This procedure is commonly done to evaluate bleeding, diarrhea, Crohn’s disease or to look for growths such as polyps or cancers in the small intestine.