by Ernest Rehnke, M.D.

What is Capsule Endoscopy?

Capsule Endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestines (duodenum, jejunum, ileum). These are areas that cannot be reached by traditional upper endoscopy or by a pouchoscopy. Your doctor will give you a pill sized video camera for you to swallow. This camera has its own light source and takes pictures of your small intestines as it passes through. These pictures are sent to a small recording device you have to wear on your body.

Your doctor will be able to view these pictures at a later time and might be able to provide you with useful information regarding your small intestines.

The Pill Cam is about the size of a large pill.

YES, the Pill Cam is safe for the BCIR patient. However it will need to be retrieved from your pouch by having a Pouchoscopy. Your GI Doctor will scope your pouch and snare the pill and remove it after the test is complete. Although the pill should be removed in a timely manner it does not need to be done in an emergent situation.

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