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Video capsule endoscopy (VCE)

A small camera constructed within a capsule-size casing is swallowed and images from the camera are transmitted to a mall electronic receiver worn by the patient.

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The image from the capsule endoscopy can detect subtle mucosal lesions that may not be apparent on small bowel x-rays.

Video capsule endoscopy – Commonly Asked Questions

How is the camera eliminated from the body?

The capsule is normally passed in the stool and discarded.

What can be done for those who are concerned about strictures?

For those who have significant concerns, a test run may be performed using a self-destructing dummy capsule.


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBSclinic.org.au for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Gastroparesisclinic.org for individuals with Gastroparesis


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