A Little About the Capsule Endoscopy Procedure
The Office of Dr. Nemoto proudly performed the Capsule Endoscopy Procedure. If you would like to learn more, we invite you to contact our office today.
Capsule endoscopy is used to examine parts of the gastrointestinal tract that cannot be seen with other types of endoscopy. The capsule is the size and shape of a pill and contains a tiny camera.
After a patient swallows the capsule, it takes pictures of the inside of the gastrointestinal tract. The primary use of capsule endoscopy is to examine areas of the small intestine that cannot be seen by other types of endoscopy such as colonoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). This type of examination is often done to find sources of bleeding or abdominal pain.
Capsule endoscopy is especially useful when a disease is suspected in the small intestine and can sometimes diagnose sources of occult bleeding [blood visible microscopically only] or causes of abdominal pain such as Crohn's disease, or peptic ulcers.
(excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsule_endoscopy)