Tests and treatments

Capsule enteroscopy

What is it?

What is it?

This method allows the five-metre-long small intestine to be examined painlessly and without radiation.

For this, you will be asked to swallow a small capsule with a built-in miniature video camera. While the capsule makes its way through the small intestine, data are continually transmitted to an external recorder which you carry with you on the day of the test. Eventually, the endoscopic images can be displayed on screen and checked by the physician afterwards. The examination is very safe and is usually well tolerated.

Preparation

Preparation
  • You will have fasted (no eating or drinking for 12 hours) on the day of the test; it is best to consume a liquid meal the night before.
  • Check in using your identity card.
  • You will receive a belt that contains the sensors that transmit the images to the recorder.
  • Then, you will be asked to swallow the capsule like a pill, with water.
  • The total recording time is about eight hours.
  • Once everything is connected, you may go home.
  • Please come back around 5pm to disconnect the equipment.

Complications

Complications

The procedure is very well tolerated. A possible complication is impact or crushing of the capsule in an already existing, abnormal constriction of a bowel segment. If this were to occur, surgery may be necessary, naturally in combination with the diseased and strongly constricted bowel segment.

If the capsule has not been eliminated in your stools after 14 days, please contact your attending physician.

Centres and specialist areas

Centres and specialist areas

Latest publication date: 12/07/2024
Supervising author: Dr Monsaert Els