Video Capsule Endoscopy Center at North Shore-LIJ

In this procedure the patient swallows a plastic capsule approximately the size of a large vitamin, containing a disposable miniature camera in order to visualize the digestive system or the esophagus. No intubation or sedation is required. Images captured by the video camera are transmitted by sensors attached to the patient’s torso and recorded digitally on a recording device similar to a Walkman that is worn around the patient’s waist. Eight hours later, in the small bowel capsule procedure and 20 minutes for the esophageal capsule, a Walkman-sized digital recording device and a collection of electronic sensors are released from the patient’s torso and a team of physicians view high-resolution color images that reveal a previously undiagnosable cause for bleeding in the patient’s digestive tract. The capsule is disposable and is expelled normally and effortlessly with the next bowel movement.

Small Bowel Capsule

An endoscope is an instrument that is used to visualize the intestines. Some parts of the small intestines cannot be viewed through a regular endoscope but can be viewed through a new technique called Video Capsule Endoscopy. This is most helpful for patients where the location of their disease is suspected to be in the small intestine. Indications for use include:

  • Evaluations of obscure GI Bleeding
  • Suspected Chrohn’s Disease
  • Malabsorption syndrome (celiac disease)

Esophageal Capsule Endoscopy

The PillCam™ ESO is a wireless diagnostic video capsule specifically designed for the visualization of the esophagus. It is intended for use as diagnostic tool in the detection of abnormalities of the esophagus, such as gastroesophageal reflux. Barrett’s Esophagus and esophageal varices.

These techniques are very new, but preliminary reports have already demonstrated cases in which the Given video capsule was able to make a diagnosis otherwise unable to using conventional studies.

For additional information you may go to or contact Dr. Bethany DeVito at the Digestive Disease Institute of the Division of Gastroenterology at (516) 562-4281.

Last Update

August 20, 2012
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