For the first time ever, images of the entire small intestine are obtainable to assist the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Capsule Endoscopy is a “state of the art” equipment.
Gastrointestinal diseases affect millions of people in the United States annually. Diseases of the Small intestine are difficult to diagnose due to the limitations of current diagnostic tools. These limitations often lead to multiple procedures without definite diagnosis.
Capsule Endoscopy is an innovative diagnostic tool that is non-invasive, easy to perform and provides a substantially improved level of visual imaging for early detection and diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract diseases.
What is capsule Endoscopy?
Capsule Endoscopy is a non-invasive, high quality, disposable, diagnostic imaging device for the use in the gastrointestinal tract. Capsule Endoscopy uses a disposable miniature video camera contained in a capsule (M2A Capsule Endoscope) that is ingested by the patient. It is propelled by peristalsis to naturally move through the digestive tract. The M2A Capsule Endoscope contains a complete optical system with a video chip, light source, transmitter, and energy source designed specifically for direct imaging within the intestinal tract. The camera takes two images per second which is approximately 50,000 pictures in a 8 hour period. It transmits the data to a recording device worn around the waist of the patient. Once the study is completed, the recording device is connected to a computer whose software provides the images to the computer screen. The procedure is ambulatory, allowing patients to continue daily activities throughout the endoscopic examination.
What preparation is required?
Basically, for capsule endoscopy, the patient has to fast for at least ten hours prior to the procedure. The day before the procedure it is essential that liquid diet be maintained starting at noon time.
What about my current medications?
Most medications may be continued as usual, but some can interfere with the preparation or the examination. Inform your physician of your current medications several days prior to your visit. Aspirin products, arthritis medicines, anticoagulants (blood thinner such as Coumadin), insulin and iron products are examples. It is advised not to take any medications before the procedure. However, some medications can be resumed 2 hours after ingesting the capsule EXCEPT anticoagulants, Aspirin, NSAIDs.
The day of the procedure
Please come to the facility one hour prior to your scheduled time. Wear loose fit clothing such as sweat pants. Once you are registered, and all the proper connections have been made, you are ready to swallow the pills. The capsule is the size of a vitamin pill and will be swallowed with ½ a cup of water.
What is expected after ingesting the capsule?
You may drink clear liquids (water, apple juice) 2 hours after swallowing the pill. You may eat a light snack 4 hours after ingesting the pills, and 6 hours after, you may resume your regular diet. Avoid exercise and heavy lifting. You may walk, sit, lay down, and drive a car. If your job allows avoiding unsuitable environment or physical movements, then you can return to work. Avoid going near MRI machines and other equipment that have high frequency waves. DO NOT remove sensor array leads, and avoid getting them wet. Return to the facility eight hours after swallowing the capsule. Please notify your physician if you experience severe or persistent abdominal pain, chest pain, fever, difficulty swallowing or if you have any questions.
Billing and Insurance
Capsule Endoscopy is a new procedure, some insurance companies may not cover the entire bill, therefore, patient may be responsible for part of the bill. Physician fees are separate from the facility’s fee. Because patient will be carrying part of the instrument with them during an eight hour period, there will be a $200.00 retaining fee. For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard and Discover Card. Please note that the retaining fee will be reimbursed once the equipment is returned to the facility after eight hours.
If you have any questions regarding your bill, please feel free to call us.