Capsule endoscopy allows your gastroenterologist to examine your small intestine using a pill-size camera. Capitol GI in Roseville, California, takes a proactive approach to digestive health, and the board-certified gastroenterologists provide the latest diagnostic tools to get patients the answers they need. They offer capsule endoscopy to evaluate and diagnose conditions that affect the small intestine. To learn more about capsule endoscopy, call the office or schedule an appointment online today. Telehealth visits are available for consultations.
Capsule endoscopy is an innovative diagnostic tool that allows a gastroenterologist to evaluate the parts of your digestive tract they can’t see when performing an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy.
The capsule endoscopy is a pill-sized camera that takes thousands of pictures as it travels through your digestive tract. The pictures get transmitted to a device you wear around your waist. Your gastroenterologist then examines those pictures, looking for signs of disease.
Your gastroenterologist at Capitol GI may suggest capsule endoscopy if you have concerning symptoms that they can’t definitively diagnose with other diagnostic tests. The capsule endoscopy helps find problems that affect the small intestine, such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcers and tumors that affect the small intestine.
Your gastroenterologist at Capitol GI gives you specific instructions on the steps you need to take to prepare for your capsule endoscopy. In order to get the best pictures, your digestive tract needs to be clear of food and debris.
You need to stop eating and drinking about 12 hours before you start your capsule endoscopy. You may also need to take medication that helps clear out your digestive tract and stop taking medications and supplements that put you at risk of bleeding (e.g., aspirin or omega-3 fatty acid supplements).
You start your capsule endoscopy at Capitol GI. Your gastroenterologist applies sensors to your abdomen and then has you swallow the pill-sized camera. Then you leave the office and go about your normal routine.
However, you need to continue to fast during the first part of the test. You can start drinking clear liquids (e.g., apple juice, broth, black tea) about two hours after you swallow the camera and have a light meal about four hours after.
You also need to avoid any vigorous physical activity during your capsule endoscopy.
The camera passes naturally through your digestive tract over an eight-hour period, taking pictures and transmitting the data to the recording device on your waist.
You return to the office at the end of your test to hand over the data recorder. The capsule passes through your body and gets eliminated in your stool.
Your gastroenterologist at Capitol GI reviews the recorded data and schedules a follow-up visit to discuss the results with you.
Find out more about capsule endoscopy by calling Capitol GI or booking an appointment online today.