Saturday, June 5, 2010

what is small bowel capsule endoscopy

SMALL BOWEL CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY
A Guide to the Test


WHAT IS CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY?

Capsule endoscopy with PillCamTM SB video capsule enables your doctor to examine your entire small intestine. Your doctor will have you ingest a vitamin pill-sized video capsule, which has its own camera and light source. During the 8 hour exam, you are free to move above. While the video capsule travels through your body, it sends images to a data recorder you will wear on a waist belt. Most patients find the test comfortable.

WHY IS CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY OF THE SMALL BOWEL PERFORMED?

Capsule endoscopy helps your doctor determine the cause for recurrent or persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bleeding or anaemia. In certain chronic gastrointestinal diseases this method can also help to evaluate the extent to which your small intestine is involved, or monitor the effect of therapy. Your doctor might use capsule endoscopy to obtain motility data such as gastric or small bowel passage time.

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