Capsule Endoscopy Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD

A capsule endoscopy is an effective and revolutionary way for your gastroenterologist to view your digestive tract. In Annapolis, Maryland, location, the experienced teams at Digestive Disorders Associates offers innovative diagnostic testing and quality treatment methods to get to the root cause of your health complications. Instead of a long tube placed down your esophagus, a capsule endoscopy simply involves a small vitamin-size camera capsule. For superior care and state-of-the-art medical advancements, call or schedule your appointment online.

Capsule Endoscopy Q & A

What is a capsule endoscopy?

During a capsule endoscopy, your gastroenterologist uses a tiny camera to take pictures of your digestive tract to examine your digestive health and detect any abnormalities. 

Your gastroenterologist attaches adhesive patches to your abdomen that contain antennas with wires connected to a recorder. Some devices require patches and others don’t. A capsule endoscopy camera is contained inside a vitamin-size capsule that you swallow with a drink of water. 

You wear a recorder on a belt around your waist, and as the capsule goes through your digestive tract, the camera has its own light source and captures thousands of color pictures that are sent to an antenna on your abdomen. The antenna delivers the data to the recorder where the images are stored and collected.

The images are later transferred to a computer with software that orders the images together to produce a video for your gastroenterologist to analyze.

How do I know when a capsule endoscopy is complete?

A capsule endoscopy is complete after about eight hours or when you see the camera capsule in the toilet following a bowel movement. At this point, you remove the patches and recorder from your body and pack them in a bag ready to return to your gastroenterologist. The camera capsule can be flushed down the toilet.

If you don’t see the capsule within two weeks, visit your gastroenterologist. It could take a few hours or several days for your body to expel the camera capsule.

Why would I need a capsule endoscopy?

Your Digestive Disorders Associates gastroenterologist might recommend a capsule endoscopy to:

  • Diagnose cancer
  • Determine the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease
  • Diagnose celiac disease
  • Screen for polyps

A capsule endoscopy might also serve as a follow-up test after X-rays or other imaging.

What’s the difference between a traditional endoscopy and a capsule endoscopy?

A traditional endoscopy entails passing a long and flexible tube with a video camera down your throat or through your rectum. A capsule endoscopy simply involves you swallowing a small capsule.

The procedure is more comfortable and convenient, and it’s a highly effective way for your gastroenterologist to view inside your small intestine — an area that’s hard to reach with traditional endoscopy procedures. 

In some cases, capsule endoscopy can be used to examine the colon.

Learn more about a capsule endoscopy and call or click to schedule online today.