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PillCam Capsule Endoscopy

What to Expect from the PillCam SB Procedure

What to Expect from the PillCam SB Procedure

  1. Patients typically begin fasting at midnight the day before the PillCam SB procedure.
  2. The following morning when you arrive at your doctor’s office, a nurse or technician will explain the procedure to you. The nurse or technician will then fit you with the PillCam sensor belt, a comfortable belt worn around your waist and over your clothing.  The PillCam recorder, a small portable recording device that communicates with the PillCam SB capsule as it passes through the small bowel, is attached to the sensor belt. 
  3. You will then be asked to swallow the vitamin-sized capsule with a glass of water and you will then be able to resume most daily activities.
  4. You will be scheduled to return to the physician’s office with the sensor belt and the recorder.
  5. Your physician will then download images from the recorder for review.
  6. PillCam SB passes naturally with a bowel movement, usually in 24 to 72 hours.