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The term endoscopy refers to a special technique for looking inside the digestive tract. Capsule endoscopy uses a video capsule that contains a miniature color video camera with a light, transmitter and batteries to perform a painless examination of your esophagus and small intestine.
You may be surprised at the size of the capsule — it is the size of a large vitamin pill, just over an inch long and less than one-half inch wide. Once swallowed, it travels through the gastrointestinal tract, sending multiple images a second to a recording device worn around your waist. The capsule will not be absorbed or digested, but will move through your digestive system and be eliminated through a normal bowel movement. Each capsule is designed for a single use, and will not harm the environment or your household plumbing.
Providence Digestive Health Institute provides state-of-the-art gastroenterology services at our Portland-area facilities. Our board-certified gastroenterologists diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary system. Providence Digestive Health Institute is part of a comprehensive program at Providence involving medical and surgical specialties.