A test that takes pictures of the small bowel, by swallowing a small capsule.

This test takes pictures of the inside of the digestive tract, including all of the small bowel.

You swallow a capsule that is about the size of a large pill. Inside the capsule, there is a very small camera, a battery, a light and a transmitter. The camera takes multiple pictures per second for several hours. The pictures are sent to a small recording device. This is attached to a belt you can wear around your waist.

You have to follow a special diet the day before and on the day of the test. Your nurse or doctor will tell you more about this. You can keep doing your normal activities while the camera is taking pictures.

About 8 hours after swallowing the capsule, you will need to return the recording device to the hospital. The pictures are put on to a computer and your doctor will look at them. The capsule is usually passed out of your back passage (rectum) naturally when you go to the toilet.

If you are concerned the capsule has not passed out, contact your doctor. They can arrange an x-ray to check.

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