A Capsule Endoscopy involves swallowing a small, ingestible capsule that lets your doctor visualize your entire small bowel.
We are delighted to launch our brand new Capsule Endoscopy service.
The new service, run by Dr Phillip Mayhead, Consultant Gastroenterologist offers patients access to Capsule endoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that involves a small, swallowable capsule that contains a tiny camera.
A Capsule endoscopy can help diagnose and monitor a range of conditions, including:
- Unexplained iron deficiency anaemia
- Obscure Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Suspicion of small bowel Crohn’s disease
- Assessment of polyp syndromes
The PillCam™ SB3 capsule, about the size of a large pill, contains a light source that takes images of your small intestine as it travels naturally through your digestive tract. It captures high-quality images of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine, or the colon. These images are transmitted to a recording device worn by the patient and later reviewed by a healthcare professional.
Advantages of the Capsule Endoscopy are:
- It is non-invasive: Capsule endoscopy does not require sedation or the insertion of a flexible tube, making it less uncomfortable and safer for patients.
- Complete visualization of small intestine: It allows for visualization of the entire small intestine, which is challenging with traditional endoscopy.
- Suitable for certain conditions: Capsule endoscopy is particularly useful in diagnosing obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel tumors, and conditions like Crohn’s disease.
Visit our Capsule Endoscopy page to find out more.