Video Capsule Endoscopy (investigation of the small bowel) is a simple, fast test, offering peace of mind to patients with certain gastrointestinal symptoms. The service is aimed at patients with persistent diarrhoea, unexplained abdominal pain and persistent iron deficiency anaemia or gastrointestinal bleeding. It is excellent at checking for conditions such as coeliac disease, small bowel Crohn’s disease and small bowel bleeding.

Our Video Capsule Endoscopy service uses the Mirocam® video capsule endoscopy system. Its ease of use and excellent image quality coupled with safety profile make it ideal for imaging the small bowel and gastrointestinal tract. Video examinations can be rapidly downloaded and read by an experienced capsule reader, usually within 24 hours.


Investigation Benefits

Video capsule endoscopy is endorsed by NICE and is known to be a safe and simple procedure. It allows for full end-to-end examination of the small bowel, without the need for challenging investigations such as small bowel enteroscopy. It is useful for screening and is fast at reporting outcomes for patients.

Benefits of Video Capsule Endoscopy include:

  • Full small bowel visualisation,
  • Non-invasive,
  • Low Risk i.e. complications,
  • Quick Test with no recovery time and patient free to carry on with daily activities

Patient Benefits

The investigation is very straight forward. The patient swallows a small capsule which consists of a camera, light source and wireless circuit for the acquisition and transmission of signals. As the video capsule progresses through the gastrointestinal tract, images are transmitted to an external data recorder, worn on a belt outside the body. This data is then transferred to a computer for interpretation. The video capsule is disposable and is passed in the patient’s stool.


The investigation requires an initial 30 minute appointment during which the capsule is ingested. The patient can then leave the unit and carry on with most daily activities (including returning to work). The patient returns in the evening or the next day and returns the data recorder and equipment.

Minimal Preparation:

Advance preparation is fairly minimal. Patients can have a light lunch the day preceding the examination and then clear fluids only until the examination. If required, patients may also be asked to take an oral bowel cleansing agent to improve views. Medications should not be taken for at least two hours before the test. Four hours following video capsule ingestion, patients can eat and drink as normal.

Reduced Waiting:

Once downloaded, the examination can be read quite quickly. Generating a report is fast with patients usually receiving a full report within 24 hours.


The test is incredibly safe, with an overall risk of video capsule retention being less than 1% (and also usually indicating pathology requiring interventional treatment).

MRI scans are prohibited during the test and until the video capsule has been passed.

Video Capsule Endoscopy Reading and Reports

All videos are read and then reported on by our highly experienced Specialist Gastroenterologist, Dr Rishi Goel. Findings are sent to the patient and discussed at a subsequent clinic appointment. A copy of the report is also sent to the original referrer. The reports are exhaustive and comprehensive covering:

  • Indications,
  • Findings,
  • Pictures of anatomical landmarks and important pathology,
  • Clinical relevance & conclusions.

JAG Accreditation

New Victoria Hospital has been awarded JAG accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians, offering our patients full confidence in the high quality and safety standards of our Endoscopy services.

To make an appointment to see a Consultant for Video Capsule Endoscopy at New Victoria Hospital, please fill out a contact form or call us on 020 8949 9020

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Professor Annette Fritscher-Ravens

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