Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is a method of recording images of the digestive tract.

The capsule is the size and shape of a pill and contains a tiny camera. After a patient swallows the capsule, it takes pictures of the inside of the gastrointestinal tract. The primary use of capsule endoscopy is to examine areas of the small intestine that cannot be seen by other types of endoscopy such as colonoscopy or rectal gastroscopy. This type of examination is often done to find sources of bleeding or abdominal pain.

Our gastroenterology team offer capsule endoscopy at Alexander House.  You will need a referral from your GP or another doctor for this service.

You will be required to attend Alexander House in the morning to swallow the capsule and to have the monitoring equipment fitted.  After this you will be free to go about your business until you return to Alexander House in the evening where we will remove the monitoring equipment.  The capsule will be evacuated naturally and you do not need to worry about it.

If you wish to know more about this service please call us on 020 8543 9098