After the sensor array is applied to your abdomen using adhesive sleeves, the capsule endoscope will be ingested with water. It then passes through your digestive tract naturally while transmitting video images to a data recorder worn on a belt for approximately eight hours.
Following the capsule ingestion, unless your physician instructs you otherwise, you will be permitted to drink clear liquids after two hours and eat a light meal after four hours. You will need to avoid vigorous physical activity, such as running or jumping, during the study. After ingesting the capsule and until it is excreted, you should not have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examination or be near an MRI machine.
You will need to return to Charleston GI to return the data recorder and sensor array so that the images acquired during your exam can be downloaded to a workstation for review. After the doctor has looked at this video, you will be contacted with the results.
The capsule is disposable and almost always passes naturally with your bowel movement without pain or discomfort. If you have a fever after the test, trouble swallowing or increasing chest or abdominal pain, call us immediately.
Charleston GI is proud to provide quality care close to home, with four convenient locations and three state licensed endoscopy centers – and a team of board-certified gastroenterologists dedicated to serving you!
As the largest independent gastroenterology practice in the Lowcountry, locals know where to go when they are feeling less than their best. Our qualified team is equipped to treat a variety of GI disorders, assessing symptoms and other health risk factors to provide much-needed relief.
We have also made prevention a priority. Charleston GI’s open access colonoscopy program allows patients to get the colon cancer screenings they need – and to conveniently schedule a colonoscopy without a referral.
We would love to hear from you! To learn more about capsule endoscopy in Charleston, SC or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 843-722-8000 or fill out the contact form!