Video Capsule Endoscopy (Pillcam)

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Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy allows your doctor to examine the lining of the middle section of the gastrointestinal tract. This region consists of the small intestine, specifically the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. Your doctor uses a pill sized video capsule called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light. These images are then reflected on a video monitor that doctors and medical staff can use. This procedure is also referred to as a small bowel endoscopy, wireless endoscopy, or capsule enteroscopy.

Why Is Capsule Endoscopy Done?

It allows your doctor the ability to evaluate the small intestine, an area of the bowel that cannot typically be reached by traditional upper endoscopy or by colonoscopy. This procedure is commonly used to search for any cause of bleeding from the small intestine and to detect polyps, inflammatory bowel disese (Crohn’s), ulcers, and tumors in the small intestine.