Capsule endoscopy is a procedure in which a pill, containing a miniaturized camera, passes through your digestive system over the course of eight hours and takes a video of your GI tract. The pill transmits images wirelessly at a rate of two frames per second to a portable computer worn on your belt. This technology is a significant advancement in the diagnosis of previously difficult to identify GI conditions, such as sources of bleeding and anemia (lacking red blood cells which carry oxygen) within the small bowel. It also helps diagnose Crohn's disease, determine the cause of chronic abdominal pain, and investigate abnormal imaging of the GI tract.
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Discontinue medications containing iron. This includes multivitamins with iron.
At noon, begin a clear liquid diet (NO red or purple liquids):
Stop drinking all liquids.