An enteroscopy is a procedure that is used to determine the cause of gastro-intestinal discomfort and symptoms such as chronic burping, abdominal cramps, nausea, rectal bleeds etc. While the usual procedures that are undertaken are an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy, in many cases a doctor may also recommend a capsule enteroscopy. In traditional enteroscopy, thin flexible tubes are passed through the upper GI tract and the lower GI tract and the camera attached to these scopes allow the doctor to see any ulcers, polyps, or abnormalities present. Sometimes tissue samples are collected for lab examination.
In capsule enteroscopy, a small vitamin sized capsule or pill is fitted with a camera and is swallowed by the patient. This camera relays numerous images to a recorder (worn by the patient) as it passes through the digestive tract. Enterosopy is of immense value when it comes to diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal disorders.