Agile Patency Capsule


If you have diabetes, ask your regular doctor for diet and medication restrictions.
If you are or may be pregnant, please discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure with your doctor.
If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call 612-871-1145 as soon as possible.


To ensure a successful exam, please follow all instructions carefully. Failure to accurately and completely prepare for your exam may result in the need for an additional procedure and both procedures will be billed to your insurance.

1 week before your exam:
Discontinue medications containing iron. This includes multivitamins with iron
• Track the number of bowel movements each day for 1 week prior to the Agile capsule test.

The day before your exam:
At noon, begin a clear liquid diet (No red or purple liquids):
• Water
• Clear broth or bouillon
• Coffee or tea (without milk or non-dairy creamer)
• Gatorade®, Pedialyte®, or Powerade®
• Carbonated & non-carbonated soft drinks
• Kool-Aid or other fruit-flavored drinks
• Strained fruit juices (no pulp)
• Jell-O, popsicles and hard candy

10 hours before your exam:
• Stop drinking all liquids

The day of your exam:
• Do not take any of your morning medications. Our staff will discuss your medication schedule with you when you arrive.

When you leave for your exam:
• Bring a photo ID as well as up-to-date insurance information, such as your insurance card and any referral forms that might be required by your insurance company.
• Co-pays are required on the day of your appointment
• You may drive yourself home after the procedure.


What is an Agile patency capsule study?
The Agile Capsule Study is a test that enables the doctor to determine if your intestines are free of obstructions. You will swallow a vitamin-sized capsule that naturally breaks down after 30 hours.

The Agile capsule has been ordered along with the Pill Cam Endoscopy. The Pill Cam Endoscopy helps your doctor determine the cause for recurrent or persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding or anemia. The Pill Cam Endoscopy allows your physician to evaluate your small intestines. The Pill Cam Capsule does not dissolve in your system. If you have a suspected blockage in your intestines, the dissolvable Agile Capsule is used first to determine if it is safe to use the Pill Cam.

What are the possible complications of the Agile capsule study?
Although complications may occur, they are rare. It is important for you to recognize early signs of complications. If you have a fever after the test, trouble swallowing, increasing chest, abdominal pain or abdominal distention, tell your doctor immediately.

What should I expect during the Agile capsule test?
The Agile Capsule is swallowed and should pass within approximately 30 hours after ingestion. You will be able to eat 4 hours after swallowing the capsule, unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. The Agile Capsule is disposable and passes naturally with your bowel movement. You should not feel any pain or discomfort during capsule excretion. If the capsule does not pass in a bowel movement, it will dissolve in your system naturally.

What should I expect after the Agile capsule test?
You will return to the office 30 hours after ingestion to verify that the Agile Capsule has passed. You will know the results of the Agile Capsule Study when you return to the office. At that time, it will be determined if the Pill Cam Endoscopy can be scheduled or you will be referred to your doctor for further follow up.

Please note: after ingesting the Agile capsule and until it is excreted, you should not have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or be near an MRI.

Rev 05/22/2011