Capsule Endoscopy Pre-Procedure

Your physician has determined that as part of your medical evaluation you should undergo an examination known as Capsule Endoscopy. This procedure involves swallowing a small (the size of a large vitamin pill) Given Imaging M2A Capsule which will pass naturally through your digestive system while taking pictures of the intestine. The images are transmitted to the electrode leads which is placed on your abdomen. The SensorArray is attached to a walkman-like Given DataRecorder which saves all the images. It is located in the RecorderBelt, which is worn around your waist. After eight (8) hours, the RecorderBelt will be removed and the images processed. The M2A Capsule is disposable and will be excreted naturally in your bowel movement. In the rare case that it will not be excreted naturally, it will have to be removed endoscopically or surgically. In order for your physician to get the most accurate information from this examination you will need to follow the instructions below.

  1. Do not take aspirin, NSAIDS, or iron products for one (1) week prior to procedure.
  2. Prior to the Capsule Endoscopy examination, do not eat or drink after 8 PM.
  3. Male patients should shave their abdomen six (6) inches above and below the navel on the day of the examination. If it is difficult for you to shave your abdomen, please contact the Outpatient Department to arrange to have this done in advance.
  4. Wear two- (2) piece loose clothing to the hospital.
  5. Take the laxative as prescribed by your doctor.
  6. At the Outpatient Department you will have a pre-procedure interview. During this interview you should be informed the Capsule Endoscopy is associated with a small chance of intestinal obstruction. You will also be asked to give your informed consent for the procedure.
  7. The Electrode leads will be applied to your abdomen with adhesive pads and will be connected to the DataRecorder which you will wear in a belt around your waist. After that you will be instructed to ingest the M2A Capsule.
  8. Do not expose the DataRecorder, RecorderBelt, Electrode leads or Recorder Battery Pack to shock, vibration or direct sunlight.
  9. After ingesting the M2A Capsule and until it is excreted, you should not be near any source of powerful electromagnetic fields such as one created near an MRI device or amateur (ham) radio.
  10. The capsule Endoscopy lasts for eight (8) hours.