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
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