A capsule endoscopy is used to examine the small intestine (small bowel).
The procedure involves swallowing a small capsule containing a camera. Once swallowed, the camera moves through the gastrointestinal tract, taking colour images for eight hours.
Sensors will be attached to your abdomen and connected to a data recorder worn on a special belt around your waist. After approximately eight hours, you will remove the belt and return it to your doctor for processing.
The capsule will leave your body naturally when you go to the toilet.
Preparing for the test
- If you take iron supplements, stop eight days before the capsule endoscopy.
- Do not eat or drink before the test.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing.