Capsule Endoscopy Takes Pictures of Small Intestine
How It Works
- A tiny camera and transmitter inside the capsule, which is about the size of a large vitamin.
- Abdominal sensors (which are placed on your abdomen) pick up the transmission and send the information to a data recorder.
- A data recorder which downloads images to a computer equipped with special software.
How This Technology Helps Doctors and Patients
Safety, Effectiveness, and the Future
- Cardiac pacemaker
- Implanted electromagnetic devices
- Intestinal blockage
- Narrow small bowel
- A abnormal connection between the bowel and another organ—fistula
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
US Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care http://canadiantaskforce.ca
The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) http://www.cag-acg.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2014 -
- Update Date: 10/27/2014 -