Capsule Endoscopy

What is Capsule Endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic tool consists of a wireless camera inside a pill. It is a painless and non-invasive tool to take images of the small intestine. After a patient swallows the capsule, it travels along the oesophagus and stomach to the small intestine and captures tens of thousands of images that get recorded on a hard disk worn as a belt by the patient.

The pill is excreted with the faeces.The images taken are then examined by doctors to determine disorders or abnormalities of the small intestine.

Why is Capsule Endoscopy required?

Capsule endoscopy can be used to diagnose conditions in the small intestine, including the cause and location of bleeding, tumours and inflammatory bowel disease. It also helps doctors determine the cause of symptoms such as frequent and prolonged abdominal pain and diarrhoea.

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