Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule Endoscopy

CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY

What is a Small Capsule Bowel Endoscopy?

A small bowel capsule endoscopy is an endoscopic procedure where a capsule, which has a camera and a battery in it, is swallowed by the patient and used to take multiple pictures of the small intestine. Approximately 60,000 pictures are transmitted, which, when put together, essentially make a movie of the small intestine. A small bowel capsule endoscopy is usually performed to diagnose the cause of unexplained bleeding or anemia. It may be used to look at the small bowel to further evaluate an abnormal x-ray, abdominal pain or diarrhea.

You will receive instructions from your doctor regarding the necessary preparation. Most patients will be allowed to eat normally the day before the exam. Patients will be instructed not to take anything by mouth after 7 pm the night before the exam. It is very important to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. There will also be additional instructions regarding your medications. In most cases, your medications will be continued as usual a few hours after the capsule is ingested. However, in certain circumstances, especially in patients on blood thinners (i.e., coumadin, warfarin, Plavix, aspirin, anti-inflammatories) and in diabetics, special instructions will be given.
You will be asked to arrive at the endoscopy center or office 30 minutes before your exam. This is to allow time to fill out paperwork and prepare for the exam. You will be asked to place a vest on which will hold the monitors, which will receive the transmitted pictures. After the vest is placed on, the capsule will be activated and then swallowed.
After the capsule is swallowed, you will be able to leave the endoscopy unit/office. You will wear the vest for the next 8 hours. You will be able to drink clear liquids two hours after the exam and a regular meal after four hours. After the 8 hours, you will return to the endoscopy unit/office, and the vest will be removed.
After the exam is completed, the pictures are downloaded into a computer program that generates a movie of your small bowel. It may take the physician several hours to fully view this exam. Results are generally available within a week. You should be called by the ordering physician’s office with the results.

What is a Small Capsule Bowel Endoscopy?

A small bowel capsule endoscopy is an endoscopic procedure where a capsule, which has a camera and a battery in it, is swallowed by the patient and used to take multiple pictures of the small intestine. Approximately 60,000 pictures are transmitted, which, when put together, essentially make a movie of the small intestine. A small bowel capsule endoscopy is usually performed to diagnose the cause of unexplained bleeding or anemia. It may be used to look at the small bowel to further evaluate an abnormal x-ray, abdominal pain or diarrhea.
You will receive instructions from your doctor regarding the necessary preparation. Most patients will be allowed to eat normally the day before the exam. Patients will be instructed not to take anything by mouth after 7 pm the night before the exam. It is very important to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. There will also be additional instructions regarding your medications. In most cases, your medications will be continued as usual a few hours after the capsule is ingested. However, in certain circumstances, especially in patients on blood thinners (i.e., coumadin, warfarin, Plavix, aspirin, anti-inflammatories) and in diabetics, special instructions will be given.
You will be asked to arrive at the endoscopy center or office 30 minutes before your exam. This is to allow time to fill out paperwork and prepare for the exam. You will be asked to place a vest on which will hold the monitors, which will receive the transmitted pictures. After the vest is placed on, the capsule will be activated and then swallowed.
After the capsule is swallowed, you will be able to leave the endoscopy unit/office. You will wear the vest for the next 8 hours. You will be able to drink clear liquids two hours after the exam and a regular meal after four hours. After the 8 hours, you will return to the endoscopy unit/office, and the vest will be removed.
After the exam is completed, the pictures are downloaded into a computer program that generates a movie of your small bowel. It may take the physician several hours to fully view this exam. Results are generally available within a week. You should be called by the ordering physician’s office with the results.

Schedule your appointment with us!

In order to reach a diagnosis, your doctor may order a specific procedure. Be sure to follow all the instructions provided to you by your doctor – both before and after your procedure. You can find out more about your procedure below.

Schedule your appointment with us!

In order to reach a diagnosis, your doctor may order a specific procedure. Be sure to follow all the instructions provided to you by your doctor – both before and after your procedure. You can find out more about your procedure below.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS GASTROENTEROLOGY CLINIC

212 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

501-664-7200

Mon-Fri: 8AM-5PM

CENTRAL ARKANSAS GASTROENTEROLOGY CLINIC

305 South Poplar Street
Searcy, AR 72143

501-664-7200

Weds: 9AM-4PM

CENTRAL ARKANSAS
GASTROENTEROLOGY CLINIC
Little Rock

212 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

501-664-7200

Mon-Fri: 8AM-5PM

CENTRAL ARKANSAS
GASTROENTEROLOGY CLINIC
Searcy

305 South Poplar Street
Searcy, AR 72143

501-664-7200

Weds: 9AM-4PM