Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE) is a pill sized plastic device (11 x 26 mm) designed to examine all parts of the gastrointestinal tract. There are two types of capsule a small intestines capsule (Pillcam SB) and an esophageal capsule (Pillcam ESO). The capsule contains a small camera, light source and transmitter and is completely disposable. It generates a movie image of your digestive tract which helps the doctor guide your treatment.
A physician may suggest a small bowel VCE,if he or she suspects any of the following symptoms:
An ESO capsule may be recommended for the following conditions:
In this procedure, a patient has to swallow the disposable tiny capsule (contains LED and camera). Also,sensors are attached to the abdomen whose other end is connected to data recorder present in belt worn by you. This recorder records images captured by camera when capsule travels through the gastrointestinal tract. Then the doctor studies the images on a monitor to determine the problems in digestive system. The capsule then comes out of the body in the stool within 48 hours.This procedure is painless so normally anesthesia is not given to patients and they can leave for home after the procedure. VCE also called as Wireless endoscopy,capsule-enteroscopy or small-bowel endoscopy.