Capsule endoscopy is a procedure designed to help your physician see what is happening inside parts of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract is the tube which extends from the mouth to the anus in which the movement of muscles digests food. During the procedure, a patient swallows a vitamin-sized pill with a camera inside. Transported smoothly and painlessly through the gastrointestinal tract by the body’s own natural peristalsis, the PillCam® capsule transmits images of different parts of your body such as the small intestine and the esophagus. After being cleared for marketing by the FDA in 2001, more than 500,000 patients are benefiting from PillCam® capsule endoscopy.
After fasting the night before the procedure, the PillCam® capsule endoscopy process starts with a visit to your doctor’s office where you will be given a glass of water to help swallow the vitamin-sized pill. As it travels through your body, the camera-in-a-pill transmits images to a small recording device worn around your waist. After swallowing the PillCam® capsule, you can go about your daily routine and return to the doctor’s office eight hours later to return the device. Your doctor can then review the images taken by the capsule to determine the cause of your symptoms. The pill passes naturally with a bowel movement usually within 24 hours.
The PillCam® SB capsule is designed specifically to help your doctor see inside your small bowel (small intestine) to diagnose diseases like Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, benign and cancerous tumors, ulcerative colitis as well as others disorders. The small intestine is the part of the gastrointestinal tract that connects the stomach to the large intestine and absorbs nutrients.
Capsule endoscopy is the least invasive and most direct way for doctor’s to see the entire small intestine. After being cleared by the FDA in 2001, hundreds of clinical studies conducted by the world’s leading gastroenterologists have shown the value of PillCam® SB in helping doctors diagnose or rule out diseases in the small intestine.
The PillCam ESO video capsule is designed specifically to help your doctor see inside your esophagus to diagnose diseases such as esophageal varices, which may result in fatal bleeding, gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus, which is an early indication for esophageal cancer. The esophagus is a tube shaped organ that connects the throat to your stomach.
PillCam ESO provides a patient-friendly alternative to esophageal endoscopy and the associated sedation and discomfort, though has some limitations and drawbacks. Ask your physician if PillCam ESO is right for you. PillCam ESO contains an imaging device and light source at both ends of the capsule and takes up to 14 images per second or a total of 2,600 color images as it passes down the esophagus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the PillCam SB video capsule?
Q: Why do doctors recommend this PillCam SB video capsule?
Q: Can you walk me through the procedure step-by-step?
Q: How many pictures does the video capsule take?
Q: How long is the procedure?
Q: How does the capsule get eliminated and will I feel it come out?
Q: Does the capsule hurt?
Q: How long is the recovery?
Q: What is the difference between the PillCam SB video capsule and an endoscopy or colonoscopy?
Q: How many people have undergone this procedure?
Q: Is the procedure approved for children?
Q: Are there other PillCam SB video capsules available?
Q: What kinds of things will the PillCam video capsule find?
Q: What is the size of the PillCam SB video capsule?
Q: Is the PillCam SB video capsule reimbursed by insurance?
Q: What is an upper endoscopy?
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