Crozer Gastroenterologists Using
New Endo Capsule Technology
- Crozer-Chester Medical Center gastroenterologists are now using Endo Capsule, a vitamin-sized pill containing a high-resolution color camera and a transmitter.
- Capsule endoscopy is FDA-approved and is a less invasive alternative to traditional endoscopy.
- The technology is used to detect polyps, Crohn’s disease, ulcers and tumors in the small intestine.
Medical Center gastroenterologists are now using Endo Capsule, a vitamin-sized
pill containing a high-resolution color camera and a transmitter, to detect
polyps, Crohn’s disease, ulcers and tumors in the small intestine.
conditions are usually detected through a traditional endoscopy, in which a
thin tube with a camera on its tip (endoscope) is inserted into a sedated
patient’s mouth and down through the esophagus and stomach into the small
intestine. Capsule endoscopy is a less invasive alternative that was approved
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2001. The procedure has been used
by CKHS gastroenterologists for several years. The new Endo Capsule, however,
offers greater accuracy and clearer images than previous capsule endoscopy
it work? The Endo Capsule is simply swallowed with a glass of water by the
patient. It travels effortlessly through the digestive system. The system’s
camera takes two pictures per second, instantly transmitting the images to a
recording device worn on the patient’s hip. After about eight hours, the pill
is excreted naturally and the patient brings the recording device to their
doctor. The images are downloaded to a computer and burned onto a DVD. The
physician can view the images and make a diagnosis.
advantages of capsule endoscopy include excellent images, a high diagnostic
yield, and minimal discomfort for the patient,” says Immanuel Ho, M.D., chief
of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Crozer-Chester Medical
Center. Ho and his colleagues in the Crozer Gastroenterology Associates
practice (Brian Copeland, D.O., Michael Farber, M.D., Monica Patel-Zeitz, M.D.,
and Neil Tarkin, M.D.) are offering Endo Capsule. “It is a good alternative for
patients who may be worried about undergoing a traditional endoscopy.”
prepare for the procedure, a patient may not eat or drink eight hours prior. In
some cases, a patient may be prescribed a laxative or other agent to cleanse
the digestive tract. The light-weight recorder worn around the waist requires
small antenna leads to be placed on the patient’s chest and abdomen. Two hours
after taking the capsule, a patient may drink clear liquids or water. After
four hours, a patient may have a small light snack. When the capsule is
excreted, the patient should not have any pain or discomfort.
instances, patients may experience some trouble excreting the capsule. If a
patient feels any discomfort during or following the procedure, he or she
should contact their doctor immediately.
information or to schedule an appointment with Crozer Gastroenterology
Associates - which has offices at Crozer, the Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton
Lake and Springfield Hospital - call (610) 619-7475.
more about Crozer-Keystone Health System gastroenterology services, visit www.ckhsgi.org.