Crohn's in the Small Bowel
Direct visualization may
lead to a better prognosis
Direct visualization of the small bowel mucosa can detect abnormalities that a traditional endoscopy or colonoscopy procedure could miss. While those methods are extremely valuable, they simply aren't able to reach inside the entire small bowel.
Plus, the PillCam™ SB capsule can directly see the early stages of small bowel ulceration where a CTE and SBFT might not. Catching small bowel Crohn's disease early and creating an appropriate treatment plan may lead to a better overall prognosis.5,6
What is an SBFT?
A Small Bowel Follow Through (SBFT) is an x-ray exam of your small bowel to detect abnormalities. As part of the procedure, you swallow liquid barium and a series of x-rays are taken as the barium travels through your small bowel. It's a non-invasive exam, but does expose you to radiation.
What is a CTE?
Computerized tomography enterography (CTE) can view your small bowel from the outside with a special X-ray technique. It can provide images of abnormalities in your intestine, as well as tissues outside the bowel. It's a noninvasive procedure, but it exposes you to more radiation than a conventional X-ray.