Swallow this camera; watch what happens in your small intestine

A Jelly bean size camera used in capsule endoscopy.

A Jelly bean size camera.

It’s hard to believe any procedure could be a patient’s “favorite,” particularly when it comes to procedures involving the GI tract. But that’s exactly what a capsule endoscopy has become for University of Michigan Health System patients who need it.

The procedure involves swallowing a tiny camera the size of a jelly bean. 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 shots of your small intestine (50,000 to 60,000 digital images), the photos are transmitted into a recorder worn in a pouch strapped around  your waist. Then images are downloaded onto a computer. Continue reading