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Capsule Endoscopy

  • What is Capsule Endoscopy?

    Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic tool consisting of a wireless camera inside a pill. It is a painless and non-invasive tool that provides images of the small intestine. The capsule is swallowed and it travels along the oesophagus, stomach, to the small intestine. It captures tens of thousands of images that get recorded on a hard disk worn as a belt by the patient.

    The pill is excreted with the faeces. The images are then examined by the doctor to determine disorders or abnormalities of the small intestine.

  • Capsule endoscopy can be used to diagnose the cause and location of bleeding in the small intestine. It is also used to diagnose tumours and inflammatory bowel disease of the small intestine. In addition, capsule endoscopy helps the doctor determine the cause of symptoms such as frequent and long-lasting abdominal pain and diarrhoea.

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