What is a capsule endoscopy?
Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to examine the small intestine by using a tiny pill sized video camera inside a capsule that is swallowed. As the capsule moves through the digestive tract the camera takes thousands of pictures that are recorded on a sensor belt that is worn by the patient.
Preparation for capsule endoscopy
- Do not drink anything 4 hours prior to your capsule endoscopy
- Do not pull any of the recorder leads off your body
- Check the toilet after every bowel movement to make sure the capsule has passed. If you have not seen the capsule pass after 4 days contact your doctor’s office. Once the capsule has passed you can flush it down the toilet. You do not need to retrieve it or return it once it has passed.
- Avoid contact with high powered magnets (this includes MRI scanners) until you know the capsule has passed.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: This information from the Paediatric Gastroenterology Department, LHSC is intended only to provide general information and not as a definitive basis for diagnosis or treatment in any particular case. It is very important that you consult your doctor about your specific condition.