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Pillcam

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Pillcam

Pillcam is a revolutionary technology designed to help patients with suspected Crohn’s Disease. It 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 At The GI Unit

Pillcam is a revolutionary technology designed to help patients with suspected Crohn’s Disease. It 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
  • 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.

To learn more about Pillcam or to book an initial consultation you can call 020 7078 3802 or email gi.unit@hje.org.uk

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