There are parts of the digestive tract that can be hard to see using conventional methods. That’s where capsule endoscopy comes in. Capsule endoscopy is a painless procedure that allows us to examine the lining of the middle part of the gastrointestinal tract. This segment is typically difficult to approach using traditional endoscopy.

Capsule endoscopy uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of the entire digestive tract. The camera sits inside a vitamin-sized capsule that the patient swallows. As the capsule travels through the digestive tract,  the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder the patient wears on a belt around the waist or over the shoulder.

The procedure is quite simple. After fasting overnight, the patient swallows a pill-sized camera, which transmits the images taken inside the GI system to the data recorder. We can then view the images in high resolution on a computer screen. Capsule endoscopy is usually indicated for people who have obscure GI bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease (sprue or gluten intolerance), irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain, diarrhea or anemia.

Discover leading-edge procedures at Digestive Disease Care. Call 516-204-4242, 516-437-9000 in Nassau County or 718-480-6000 in Queens, 631-450-1500 in Suffolk County. Or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our capsule endoscopy patients come to us from New Hyde Park, Flushing, Forest Hills, Jamaica and Jackson Heights and East Setauket.

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