Revolutionary technology ‘Pillcam’ arrives at The GI Unit

The GI Unit at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth is delighted to announce the launch of a revolutionary technology designed to help patients with suspected Crohn’s Disease – Pillcam. Pillcam is a small capsule equipped with a miniature video camera that travels painlessly through the entire digestive tract. It is able to capture images quickly that are sent to a recording device during the procedure.

Pillcam allows patients to move around freely during the procedure will pass naturally through the body.

Benefits of Pillcam

  • Pillcam is the same size as a large vitamin tablet and is easily swallowed with a glass of water
  • Pillcam can detect earlier stages of Crohn’s disease and doesn’t expose the patient to any form of radiation
  • The procedure is completely painless
  • Patients able to move around freely during the procedure
  • Requires little preparation other than 10 hours fasting
  • Pillcam offers simple and non-invasive direct visualisation of the small bowel without sedation

Getting a diagnosis for Crohn’s Disease can often be a long and frustrating process due to the multiple tests required. Patients with suspected Crohn’s Disease have to undergo a Colonoscopy as part of the initial diagnosis. However, if you are one of the 30% of patients with Crohn’s patients with the disease limited to the small bowel then Pillcam may provide an alternative to a follow up Colonoscopy or Endoscopy.

Facts about Crohn’s Disease

  • 56% of Crohn’s disease patients have small bowel lesions
  • 62% of patients had their medication changed within 3 months of using Pillcam

Make an appointment at The GI Unit

To learn more about Pillcam or to book an initial consultation you can call 020 7078 3802 or email

Flexible appointment times are available.


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