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Capsule Endoscopy


What is a Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that allows video to be taken of the GI tract as a pill, containing a miniaturized camera, which passes through your digestive system over the course of eight hours. The pill transmits images wirelessly at a rate of two frames per second to a portable computer worn on your belt; focusing primarily on the 20 or so feet of small bowel that can’t be easily reached by either an endoscope or colonoscope.

Prep Instructions

PillCam Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy

COVID-19 Key Instructions 

Patients should expect to receive multiple verbal screenings for Coronavirus symptoms as well as instructions on COVID-19 pre-admission testing. Required COVID-19 testing must be performed 3-5 days before the scheduled procedure. Additional safety measures will be reviewed before your arrival in addition to facility patient drop off/pick up policies and caring methods for assistance.

Day Before the Capsule Endoscopy
  1. Start the prescribed liquid diet after lunch.

  2. Do not eat or drink except for necessary medication with a sip of water, 6 hours before your capsule endoscopy.

Day of Capsule Endoscopy
  1. Do not take any medication 2 hours before having the exam.

  2. Do not apply body lotion or powder to your abdomen.

  3. Wear loose fitting, two-piece clothing. Your upper clothing should be opaque, not sheer.

After Swallowing the PillCam SB Capsule

The capsule endoscopy procedure will last approximately 8-9 hours. Contact your doctor’s office immediately if you suffer from any abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting during the procedure

  1. You may drink colorless liquids starting 2 hours after swallowing the PillCam SB capsule.

  2. You may have a light snack 4 hours after ingestion. After the examination is completed, you may return to your normal diet – After 3PM.

  3. Check the blue flashing DataRecorder light every 15 to be sure it is blinking twice per second. If it stops blinking or changes color, note the time and contact your doctor.

  4. Use the supplied Capsule Endoscopy Event Form to note the time of any event such as eating, drinking or a change in your activity. Return the completed Event Form to your doctor at the time you return the equipment.

  5. Avoid strong electromagnetic fields such as MRI devices or ham radios after swallowing the capsule and until you pass it in a bowel movement.

  6. Do not disconnect the equipment or completely remove the belt at any time during the procedure.

  7. Treat the DataRecorder carefully. Avoid sudden movements and banging of the DataRecorder.

  8. Avoid direct exposure to bright sunlight.



Please wear a face covering/mask when you arrive for your procedure and maintain physical distancing

Capsule Endoscopy Prep

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