Capsule Endoscopy – The Inside View of Your GI Health

In the hands of a skilled and properly trained physician, modern endoscopic tools cause little or no discomfort for patients, but sometimes a traditional endoscope may not be the best solution for examining the GI tract. Capsule endoscopy is a technique that uses a swallowed video capsule to record images of the inside of the Upper GI tract: esophagus, stomach and the duodenum, the first section of the small intestine. The patient swallows a small capsule equipped with a small camera, a battery and a radio transmitter. As the capsule moves through the GI tract, the camera takes two photos per second for eight hours. The photographs are transmitted by the radio transmitter to a small receiver worn on the patient’s waist. The patient may carry out normal activities while wearing the monitor. The images are then downloaded from the receiver into a computer, where they can be reviewed by the physician. The disposable camera is passed by the patient and flushed away.

Does Capsule Endoscopy Make Sense for You?

The capsule endoscopy procedure can help a gastroenterologist determine the cause for recurrent, persistent or chronic GI tract symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding or anemia. Capsule endoscopy can diagnose Crohn’s disease of the small intestine, tumors and cancer of the small intestine, as well as angiodysplasias (collections of small blood vessels which can bleed intermittently). If you and your physician are considering evaluation for persistent abdominal pain or anemia, ask about whether this procedure makes sense for you. Here at Palmadessa & Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates, we and our patients from close by Little Neck, Douglaston, and Bayside and other surrounding New York areas near you, have enjoyed great success with capsule endoscopy. Call or email us to learn more today.

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