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Olympus Capsule Endoscope System

This is designed to allow Dr Yoganathan to examine your entire small intestine without the use of sedation. Endoscapsule is an advanced endoscopy system that provides extremely detailed images used to diagnose the condition of the small bowel. The following are answers to commonly asked questions regarding capsule endoscopy.

How does Endocapsule work?

A state-of-the-art capsule endoscopy system, Endocapsule involves the use of a small capsule that contains its own light source and camera. As it travels through the small intestine via normal muscle contractions, the capsule takes thousands of photos that are transmitted to a recorder that is worn around your waist.

How do you prepare for the procedure?

Prior to your procedure, you must abstain from eating and drinking for eight hours. Your doctor may also wish to give you a preparation agent (such as a laxative) prior to your examination. Wear comfortable clothes without any metal buckles or buttons as this may affect the transmission of images.

What can I expect?

  • After your arrival at the doctor’s office, the antenna belt will be placed over a t-shirt on your abdomen. The belt is then connected to a lightweight recorder that is worn around your waist.
  • The capsule is swallowed with a small glass of water. Your doctor will use a real-time viewer to make sure the capsule is properly activated.
  • You can now leave your doctor’s office and resume daily activities. The capsule will take pictures of your small intestine as it is moved along by the normal muscle contractions of your digestive tract.
  • After eight to twelve hours, you will return to your doctor’s office, where he or she will download the images taken by the capsule onto a computer for diagnosis.
  • Designed for one-time use, the capsule will be excreted with your bowel movement. You should feel no pain or discomfort.

Are there any precautions to take during the procedure?

All normal activities are fine during the procedure with the exception of vigorous exercise or other physical activities that may result in your belt moving position or the recorder being pulled loose. 

While the capsule is in your body, you should not have an MRI exam or be near an MRI machine, and places of high electromagnetic interference such as shopping centres should be avoided.

You should also not place items over the belt that may affect the transmission of the images. Examples of this include smart phones, laptops, metal objects, or the recorder itself.

Is this procedure safe?

The procedure is a safe and painless means of viewing the small intestine. Over half a million people have safely had a capsule endoscopy procedure.

Although complications are rare, they may include failure to excrete the capsule. If you experience any discomfort before or after your procedure, please call your doctor immediately

What is Endocapsule?

This is a device from Olympus is a small bowel endoscopy system that uses a camera within a capsule that is swallowed by the patient. The capsule is approximately the size of a vitamin. Your endoscopy capsule is easily swallowed with a glass of water. You will not feel the capsule as it moves through your body.

As the capsule travels through the small intestine, pictures are transmitted to a lightweight recorder that is worn around your waist. The procedure is painless and requires no sedation.

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