What happens during a capsule endoscopy?

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For capsule endoscopy (a procedure in which a miniature capsule, similar to the size and shape of a pill, is used to record images through the digestive tract) your doctor/nurse will prepare you for the examination by applying a sensor device to your abdomen with adhesive sleeves (similar to tape). The capsule endoscope is swallowed and passes naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting video images to a data recorder, worn on your belt, for approximately eight hours. At the end of the procedure, you will return to the Endoscopy Center and the data recorder will be removed so that images of your small bowel can be put on a computer screen for physician review.
Your doctor will prepare you for the examination by applying a sensor device to your abdomen with adhesive sleeves (similar to tape). The pill-sized capsule endoscope is swallowed and passes naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting video images to a data recorder worn on your belt for approximately eight hours. At the end of the procedure you will return to the office and the data recorder is removed so that images of your small bowel can be put on a computer screen for physician review.

Most patients consider the test comfortable. The capsule endoscope is about the size of a large pill. After ingesting the capsule and until it is excreted, you should not be near an MRI device or schedule an MRI examination.

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