My Guide to Endoscopies for Crohn’s, Part 3

My Guide to Endoscopies for Crohn’s, Part 3
Third in a series. Read part one and two.

In previous columns, I looked at upper endoscopies and colonoscopies and why these procedures are carried out. In this column, I will discuss the third type of endoscopy: the small intestine capsule endoscopy.

What is a capsule endoscopy? 

A capsule endoscopy — also known as a pill camera endoscopy — allows your doctor to get a good view of your small intestine. Upper endoscopies are carried out to view the upper gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the beginning of the small intestine. A colonoscopy looks at the rectum, sigmoid, and colon. It can be challenging to get a clear view of the small intestine.

For this test, you swallow a pill with a tiny wireless camera inside it. As the pill moves along your digestive tract, the camera captures images that are transmitted to a device you wear. Your doctor can then download the images to a computer and compose a virtual endoscopy video.

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