Duke offers capsule endoscopy, a state-of-the-art, non-invasive procedure that allows imaging of the small intestine to identify the cause of problems such as recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding or iron deficiency anemia.
Capsule endoscopy involves ingesting a capsule the size of a large vitamin pill. The capsule will pass naturally through your digestive system while taking pictures of the intestine. Images of the small intestine are transmitted to a sensor array, which is placed on your abdomen.
The sensors are attached to a small computer (the DataRecorder) that will save the images. After eight hours, the small computer will be taken off and the images will be transferred to another computer for analysis.
The capsule is disposable and will be excreted naturally in a bowel movement. It does not dissolve; in the rare case that it is not excreted naturally, it will have to be removed endoscopically or surgically.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 919-684-6437.
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