Capsule Endoscopy: The Camera for your Guts
- Posted on: Apr 20 2015
Also known as a capsule enteroscopy, a wireless capsule endoscopy allows your doctor to exam the lining of your small intestine, including the ileum, jejunum, and the duodenum. Originally developed in the mid-1990’s, and approved by the FDA in 2003 as a first line small bowel imaging device, a capsule endoscopy is a non-invasive, disposable, and painless way to explore your small intestine. By using a wireless miniature video camera, it images the entire small bowel, an area that is not easily reached by traditional methods such as a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy.
The capsule measures 26 x 11 mm and is equipped with several LED’s to provide the illumination necessary for image capture, a lens, an optical dome, transmitter, a semiconductor, as well as an antenna. The large pill-sized camera is easily swallowed and as it moves through your gastrointestinal tract, it starts capturing high-speed photos of your digestive system. It wirelessly transmits the approximately 50,000-60,000 images to a data recorder that is worn on your body for approximately eight to twelve hours. This allows your physician to download the images onto a computer and review the pictures right on screen. Another benefit to this procedure is that the patient is able to work or perform most of their normal activities during the study!
For certain individuals, the capsule endoscopy could be an effective option to allow their gastroenterologist to complete a thorough examination. Although useful as a diagnostic tool, a capsule endoscopy cannot be utilized to treat conditions or perform a biopsy. Capsule endoscopy can help with the detection of various diseases and abnormalities such as tumors, polyps, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), polyposis syndromes, obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB), abdominal pain, malabsorption, tumors, as well as other conditions.
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