The small bowel capsule endoscopy procedure involves ingesting a capsule (the size of a large vitamin pill) that will pass naturally through your digestive system while taking pictures of the esophagus.
The images are transmitted to sensors, which are placed with adhesives to your abdomen, to a belt pack data recorder that saves all of the images.
Esophageal capsule endoscopy helps your doctor evaluate and diagnose diseases of the esophagus such as GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus, and Esophageal Varices.
The capsule is passed by the patient into the toilet and flushed away.
In certain chronic gastrointestinal diseases, this method can also help to evaluate the extent to which your esophagus is involved or monitor the effect of therapy.
The study is performed in the office and you can return to your daily activities once completed.
Prepare for your visit
- Colonoscopy procedure preparations
- Endoscopy procedure preparations
- Gastroenterology Patient Forms
- Gastroenterology patient survey
- Gastroenterology Referral Forms
- What is a clear liquid diet?
- What you need to know about colonoscopy
- Celiac disease
- Colon cancer screening
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- Esophageal capsule endoscopy
- Esophageal pH and impedance studies
- High fiber eating plan
- High fiber foods
- High resolution esophageal manometry
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Small bowel capsule endoscopy
- Virtual colonoscopy v. standard colonoscopy