Video Capsule Endoscopy

This procedure involves the ingestion of a small capsule that contains a tiny camera that can take 2-4 images per second for eight hours. It has been specifically developed to view the small bowel.

Capsule endoscopy is used to try and pinpoint bleeding in hidden areas in the small bowel. It is also useful for tracking small bowel tumours and obscure abdominal pain.

The capsule is swallowed and travels, just like a piece of food, through the stomach, small bowel and into the large bowel.

Recording probes, taped onto the abdomen, track the progress of the capsule as it makes its way through the gastrointestinal system. The images obtained by the capsule are transmitted to a data-recorder worn in a harness around the waist.

Information from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia website.

Video Capsule Endoscope
Video Capsule Endoscopy

How should I prepare?
You need to be on a clear fluid diet from 12pm the day prior to your procedure. A pharmaceutical product will also be given to ensure clear images are seen throughout your procedure.

What about current medications?
Please advise us of all medications prior to your procedure.