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Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule

The capsule endoscopy is a relatively new procedure, which enables doctors to investigate the small bowel. In the past, it was difficult to view the small bowel properly due to its size and structure (the small bowel has a tortuous, twisty structure).

The capsule endoscopy is used to detect gastrointestinal bleeding, diagnose Crohn's and Coeliac disease and evaluate prolonged cases of diarrhoea. It is also possible to use it to screen for polyps (protrusions from the lining of the colon which may be an early sign of bowel cancer) and detect ulcers.

The procedure

Before the procedure you will be asked by Dr Bansi or your specified doctor not to eat anything and when you arrive at the hospital you will be given a capsule to swallow, which consists of a light source, camera and wireless circuit. Leads are attached to the wall of the abdomen and then connected to a data recorder on a waist belt. Images are then transmitted to the recorder as the capsule moves through the intestines.

After the procedure you will be allowed to go home and your test results will be available after around 8 hours. The capsule is passed naturally in the stool.