Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy enables your doctor to examine your small intestine. This completes the examination of the entire digestive tract. It does not replace colonoscopy or upper endoscopy.

Capsule endoscopy is performed to determine the cause of recurrent or persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding, anemia, and/or the extent of certain chronic gastrointestinal diseases.

The Procedure

You will need to prepare for the examination by restricting your food intake to clear liquids for 16 hours prior to the exam. You must drink 4 ounces of magnesium citrate 2 hours before appointment.

Your doctor or nurse practitioner will start the examination by applying adhesive sensors to your abdomen. A belt containing a data recorder and a battery pack will be placed around your waist. You will be asked to swallow a video capsule the size of a large vitamin pill, then you may leave the office and go about your daily activities. You will be asked to return to the office in approximately 8 hours at which time the equipment will be disconnected. Your doctor will review a video of your small intestine at a later date. For more information go to