Leading the Way with Capsule Endoscopy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the so-called camera pill for use in people who are unable to complete a colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer.

According to an Associated Press report, the device made by an Israeli company used a tiny battery-powered camera to take high-speed photos as it moves through a patient’s gastrointestinal tract over an eight hour period. The images are transmitted to a recording device for review by a doctor.

Jefferson physicians are pioneers in this truly revolutionary noninvasive means of gastrointestinal imaging and are among the area’s leaders in this specialty. In fact, more than 3,000 capsule endoscopies have been performed by the highly experienced team at our gastrointestinal endoscopy unit.

Capsule Endoscopy

Imaging technology for gastrointestinal diseases has advanced significantly over the past decade, providing physicians with the ability to clearly evaluate symptoms and conditions. However, one area that has remained difficult to clearly diagnose is the small bowel.

Today, there is a diagnostic procedure known as capsule endoscopy that has proven extremely effective in providing images of the small bowel.

What Does Capsule Endoscopy Involve?

A patient swallows the small vitamin-sized capsule that can capture images of even the most difficult-to-reach areas of your digestive tract. Once the images are captured the data are downloaded and reviewed by one of experienced gastroenterologist

In addition to recent federal approval for colon cancer screening, the capsule endoscopy is used to evaluate patients with gastrointestinal bleeding which can be caused by polyps, ulcers, and tumors.

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