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Capsule Endoscopy

Small Intestine Imaging Tests in New Jersey

Capsule Endoscopy allows your doctor to view the lining of the small intestine which can’t be reached by upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. This procedure is different from a typical endoscopy in that it does not require a catheter. Instead, a small camera is placed inside a pill-sized, capsule that you can swallow.

While the camera passes through your system, a sensor is placed on the abdomen which transmits images from the capsule to a nearby recorder. You will need to avoid strenuous physical activity while the camera is in your system and only eat and drink when your doctor gives the okay so as not to damage the camera or interfere with the test. It takes roughly eight hours for the capsule to pass.

Risks & Results

Capsule endoscopy has proven to be a very safe procedure. There is a slight risk that the capsule will get lodged in the digestive tract and fail to pass through. This is very rare, and typically only occurs in patients who have had small intestinal surgery in the past—in which case it is unlikely a doctor will recommend the test.

Capsule endoscopy is often used to diagnose:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcers
  • Tumors
  • Polyps
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Celiac disease

Given what we can learn from capsule endoscopy, the benefits far outweigh the minor risks. We strongly encourage you to ask your doctor any questions you have if you feel anxious about the procedure.

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
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The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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