In today’s innovation in medicine, we’re talking about a new technology that is changing the game when it comes to getting a colonoscopy or other type of complex endoscopy. We are talking about an innovative pill. A pill camera that can actually take pictures of your intestinal tract as it passes through the system it has two cameras on the other side of the pill and you swallow it and by swallowing it. It starts taking pictures throughout the entire GI tract that seems very different from the traditional colon option. Yes, in the traditional colonoscopy you have sedation with anesthesia your doctor will put a flexible camera into the body and take a look to see if there are any abnormalities.
In this one you still have to take a medication that cleans the colon so that we can see clearly but you don’t need the anesthesia you don’t need to take time off of work you don’t have any recovery time in fact a lot of patients will take the pill at the doctor’s office. And then go on to the third day at work.
Images that are coming from the cameras on the pill it takes 360-degree images as it traveling through the GI tract. IRecorder you wear on your waist continuously receive images of your intestine. Past like any other stool bowel movement. You can flush it’s not going to disrupt your plumbing or anything like that and then you take the recorder to your doctor’s office and they completed images so there are a lot of benefits to this technology.
And it doesn’t necessarily replace a traditional colonoscopy the advantage of the traditional colonoscopy is that not only can you detect an abnormality you can remove it the disadvantage of this technology is it only detects it so if there is an abnormality detected then you’ll still have to undergo the colonoscopy.
The biggest advantage though is if you do have an abnormal pill colonoscopy and you’re on the same day you can go and have your colonoscopy upped so why is this such an important innovation in medicine. It certainly is an additional tool that a doctor can use it’s perfect for patients that can’t tolerate anesthesia or have had incomplete colonoscopies in the past.
So if they were unable to do it because their colon is quite long or is very difficult with the colon a traditional colonoscopy will allow the pill to go through all those loops and bends colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths and in the United States. That’s very common in fact 135,000 patients will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year and the best way to prevent colon cancer is through a screening protocol.
How does the pill camera work
Your doctor may decide you should have a small bowel medical examination called pill camera endoscopy it’s an easy and safe procedure used on thousands of people. This technology involves swallowing a Pill camera with a miniature camera inside as it passes through the digestive tract. The camera records pictures of your intestine and now you’re ready to begin if the full sensor array is being used it will be attached to your abdomen with adhesive pads. Sensors will be connected to a data recorder which fits into a special belt finally you’ll swallow a vitamin-sized capsule it goes down easily with a drink of water.
That’s it the examination has begun and you’re free to enjoy your day the Pill camera SB capsule will pass through your digestive system taking thousands of pictures of your intestine and transmitting them through the sensors to the data recorder when you think about it it’s really quite amazing and chances are you won’t feel a thing in just about eight hours the pill cam capsule endoscopy will be complete.
You’ll return to the doctor’s office where the equipment will be removed the capsule will be naturally eliminated from your body during a bowel movement. If you aren’t certain it came out be sure to let your doctor know later the intestinal images will be transferred to a computer and the doctor will review them to make a diagnosis. PillCam small bowel capsule endoscopy is painless and convenient and it provides your doctor with important information to help understand what’s happening inside your body.