It’s hard to believe any procedure could be a patient’s favorite, particularly when it comes to gastrointestinal procedures. But that’s exactly what a capsule endoscopy has become for patients who need it to diagnose digestive health issues.
The procedure involves swallowing a tiny camera the size of a jellybean. The camera travels down past the stomach and into the small intestine, the organ responsible for breaking your sandwich down into carbohydrates, proteins and fat.
Once there, the camera takes photos of your small intestine — 50,000 to 60,000 digital images — and the shots are transmitted into a recorder worn in a pouch strapped around your waist.
Images are then downloaded onto a computer.