Capsule endoscopy (Pillcam)


A tiny camera about the size of a vitamin pill is used to record video of the lining of your small intestine. The camera is swallowed with a glass of water and it sends the video to a small recorder that is worn under your clothing. The video is then examined by our specialist to check for abnormalities such as bleeding points or unusual lumps. The reasons for a capsule endoscopy may include:

  • Suspected bleeding from the small intestine
  • Recurrently low iron stores and red blood count
  • If abnormalities are detected on capsule endoscopy then we will discuss with you the options for investigation. Often times we can reach the affected area with a long flexible camera to treat the abnormality.