Capsule endoscopy is a safe procedure with minimal risk that uses a small camera inside a pill-shaped capsule to take pictures of your GI tract.
FREMONT, CA: An endoscopy is a technique that employs imaging to examine the body's organs and tissues, including the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Visualizing the GI track can assist the doctor in identifying and diagnosing different types of issues.
Endoscopy can be done in a variety of ways. Capsule endoscopy, for example, employs a small wireless camera to take images of the gastrointestinal tract. This camera is included in a pill-sized capsule that patients consume.
What is capsule endoscopy?
Capsule endoscopy was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001. Wireless capsule endoscopy or video capsule endoscopy are other terms for the same operation.
Capsule endoscopy takes photos of the GI tract with a tiny wireless camera. The camera that will be utilized during the process is contained in a pill-shaped capsule.
The camera within the capsule starts a journey through the GI system as people consume it. The camera takes numerous images throughout this time. These images are sent to a gadget worn around the waist that records them.
Capsule endoscopy is particularly useful for viewing the small intestine, even though it may be used to view numerous regions of the GI tract. This is due to the difficulty of accessing the small intestine using more traditional endoscopic procedures.
What happens during capsule endoscopy?
Let's take a look at what happens during capsule endoscopy.
1. Procedure review
The doctor can go over the process with the patients when they arrive for their visit, realizing what to anticipate.
2. Device setup
During the procedure, patients will be wearing a recording device around the waist. The images taken by the capsule as it travels through the GI tract will be saved on this device. People may be asked to remove their shirt for a few moments to put a set of electrode patches to the chest and abdomen area. The recording equipment will be connected to these patches. Electrode patches aren't used in all devices.
3. Swallowing the capsule
The capsule will be swallowed with a small amount of water. The tablet is similar to a large multivitamin pill in size.
4. Daily activities
Patients can resume their normal activities for the next 8 hours after swallowing the capsule.