Wireless capsule endoscopy

Wireless capsule endoscopyExamination of the inside of the body using a tube equipped with a light source and either a small camera or an optical system. is a diagnostic test that is especially useful when looking for signs of Crohn's disease in the small intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus..

In this test, the patient swallows a small capsule containing a built-in camera with eight hours of battery life and tiny flashing lights, also known as a 'pill camera'. During its journey, the camera takes pictures of the entire gastrointestinal tractThe gut, which begins at the mouth and ends at the anus. and transmits them to a data recorder that is worn on the patient's belt. These images can be looked at later on a computer. The capsule is passed harmlessly in the patient's faeces and is not used again.

The advantage of this technique is that it can investigate the parts of the small intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus. that cannot be reached using other endoscopyExamination of the inside of the body using a tube equipped with a light source and either a small camera or an optical system., which also reduces the need for investigative surgery.

Read Aimee's patient story, where she describes her experience of having a wireless capsule endoscopyExamination of the inside of the body using a tube equipped with a light source and either a small camera or an optical system..