Capsule Endoscopy

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What is capsule endoscopy?

Because conditions such as Crohn’s disease, obscure GI bleeding (OGIB) and Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) impairs the digestion process and disturbs normal absorption of nutrients, various symptoms may result that interfere with your daily life.

A capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to diagnose problems in the small intestine, including gastrointestinal bleeding, cancer, polyps or Crohn’s disease.

What is a PillCam SB?

With PillCam SB, for the first time your doctor is able to visualize small bowel abnormalities to detect and monitor abnormalities such as lesions, ulcers, tumors or bleeding. Armed with information, your physician can decide what may be the best treatment option for you.

How does a PillCam SB capsule endoscopy work?

You must swallow the vitamin-sized capsule containing a tiny wireless camera. As the PillCam capsule moves through the digestive tract, the camera captures thousands of images which are sent to a recorder worn around the waist, which you will wear for several hours. The images are downloaded into a video format, which your doctor views to examine any abnormalities.