Information for the public
What has NICE said?
Using a wireless capsule to assess the motility of the gastrointestinal tract raises no known safety issues. However, there is not much good evidence about the benefits of this procedure, and it is not clear which patients it is most suitable for. Therefore, it should only be used if extra care is taken to explain the uncertainties and risks, and extra steps are put in place to record and review what happens.
What does this mean for me?
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. In particular, they should explain the uncertainty about the evidence. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure and given written information. You should only be asked if you want to agree to this procedure after having this discussion. Your health professional should ask you if details of your procedure can be collected.