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Dr. Vitaly Fishbein
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Capsule Endoscopy (Overview)

Capsule endoscopy uses a small fiberoptic camera inside of a pill to take pictures of the lining of your intestines. It is designed to evaluate the parts of the small bowel that cannot be readily seen with standard endoscopes (upper or lower). Your doctor may want to detect a source of inflammation or bleeding that would not otherwise be seen. Images are sent to a computer chip and reviewed.


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What is capsule endoscopy?

What is capsule endoscopy?

Small bowel test: It is a test that involves swallowing a small camera (the size of a multivitamin) that takes images of your small intestine. It sends the images to a small monitor that is worn by your side for 8-12 hours that is then connected to a computer after your return for your physician to look at the images. The capsule is one-time use only and does not need to be retrieved. ...Read more

Dr. Vitaly Fishbein
39 doctors shared insights

Capsule Endoscopy (Overview)

Capsule endoscopy uses a small fiberoptic camera inside of a pill to take pictures of the lining of your intestines. It is designed to evaluate the parts of the small bowel that cannot be readily seen with standard endoscopes (upper or lower). Your doctor may want to detect a source of inflammation or bleeding that would not otherwise be seen. Images are sent to a computer chip and reviewed.


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How safe is a capsule endoscopy?

Very safe: It is usually very safe. The only potential problem would be if you have a narrowing in your intestines, which can cause the pill to get stuck. You would require surgery to get it out. If you don't have a history of bowel obstructions, crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, the risk of the pill getting stuck is very close to zero. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for capsule endoscopy?

Laxatives: You need to take laxatives as directed by your referring doctor. Usually it is a similar preparation than the colonoscopy prep (miralax, golytely, (polyethylene glycol) nulytely, halflytely, etc). ...Read more

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How do I prepare for that capsule endoscopy?

How do I prepare for that capsule endoscopy?

Quick prep: Usually, I have patients take a 10 ounce bottle of magnesium citrate the night before and have nothing to eat or drink 12 hours before the capsule so that the small intestine is clean. Some physician do a full colonscopy prep the night before, but i find my prep works very well. ...Read more

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Where do you have to shave for capsule endoscopy?

Where do you have to shave for capsule endoscopy?

Stomach: It helps the pads stay on better. You can go to youtube to see the video the capsule being set up. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: capsule endoscopy?

Capsule Endoscopy: Capsule endoscopy uses a small fiberoptic camera inside of a pill to take pictures of the lining of your intestines. It is designed to evaluate the parts of the small bowel that cannot be readily seen with standard endoscopes (upper or lower). Your doctor may want to detect a source of inflammation or bleeding that would not otherwise be seen. Images are sent to a computer chip and reviewed. ...Read more

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Is capsule endoscopy available on medicare?

Is capsule endoscopy available on medicare?

Yes/no: It is not available as an inpatient, but is covered for certain diagnoses as an outpatient. ...Read more

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What are the risks involved in capsule endoscopy?

Rare: capsule endoscopy is overall very safe, as it is a non-invasive procedure. However the main risk is having the capsule get stuck somewhere along the intestinal tract. Therefore if you have a history of intestinal obstruction this test should be avoided. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more