Our practice utilizes two types of capsule procedures. PillCamTM and SmartPill. PillCam is capsule endoscopy and SmartPill is motility testing.
PillCam™ small bowel (SB) capsule
Capsule endoscopy is a revolutionary technology designed to examine the small bowel. The test involves swallowing a vitamin sized video camera capsule that takes multiple digital photos of the small bowel.
PillCam is a powerful medical device that is able to take clear and extremely useful photographs. The images are transmitted via sensors attached to the abdomen with adhesive stickers.
The small bowel is about 6 meters (or about 20 feet) long and the capsule takes approximately 8 hours to travel through it.
Capsule endoscopy helps your doctor evaluate the small intestine. This part of the bowel cannot be reached by traditional upper endoscopy or by colonoscopy. The most common reason for doing capsule endoscopy is to search for a cause of bleeding from the small intestine. It may also be useful for detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), ulcers, and tumors of the small intestine.
The capsule does not need to be retrieved, you should pass the capsule naturally without any discomfort or difficulty and it can be flushed down the toilet.
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SmartPill (motility testing)
SmartPill is an ingestible capsule that measures pressure, pH and temperature as it travels through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract taking measurements of pH, temperature, and pressure in order to assess GI motility. The SmartPill motility monitoring test can be performed in our office to evaluate motility disorders like gastroparesis (a condition in which the contents of the stomach empty too slowly) and chronic constipation.
SmartPill also minimizes patient down-time by allowing patients to resume most normal daily activities while data is being collected by the capsule. The patient will wear a device at their waist and the capsule will wirelessly transmit data to the device over several days. Dr. Din will interpret the data once the study is complete. SmartPill eliminates radiation exposure and is the only motility test that provides a complete transit profile of the GI tract. The SmartPill will pass through a normal bowel movement and can be flushed down the toilet.