What does Capsule Endoscopy Involve?
Capsule endoscopy entails swallowing a capsule no bigger than a vitamin that contains a camera to capture images of even the most difficult-to-reach areas of your digestive tract.
As the capsule traverses the gastrointestinal tract, images are obtained per second and transmitted to a data recorder that is worn by the patient utilizing a Velcro belt. On the Velcro belt, in addition to the data-recording device, there is a battery that lasts approximately 8 to 10 hours and is rechargeable. The camera takes and transmits about two images per second (50,000 plus images in 8 hours).
Once the images are acquired by the image-data recorder, the patient comes to the Hospital approximately 8 hours later and removes the belt. The data is then downloaded onto a computer workstation. This utilizes RAPID (recording and processing of images and data) application software. Viewing of the gastrointestinal tract is then performed by one of our physicians, which takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour.