How PillCamTM small bowel (SB) capsule Works

How PillCamTM small bowel (SB) capsule Works

Be good to yourself

With the PillCam™ SB capsule, you don't have to go through a lengthy, uncomfortable procedure. You simply swallow a vitamin-sized capsule, and your doctor is able to directly view your entire small bowel – and see problems that are beyond the reach of other imaging tests.


The PillCamTM SB capsule is indicated for patients aged
two years or older, making it an ideal tool for detecting
and monitoring both juvenile and adult Crohn's disease.

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How the PillCamTM
SB capsule Works

Simple, patient-friendly technology

The capsule is equipped with a miniature video camera and light source. It travels painlessly through your entire digestive tract. It captures images quickly and sends them to a recording device you wear during the procedure.

And, unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you can move around freely throughout the examination. The PillCam™ SB capsule is disposable and passes naturally through your body.

It really is that simple.

How the PillCamTM SB capsule Works
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capsule's trip through the small bowel

How the PillCamTM
SB capsule Works

Almost zero preparation

Other than fasting for about 10 hours – usually overnight – the PillCam™ SB capsule requires little preparation. Although your gastroenterologist will give you specific instructions before your capsule endoscopy, an empty stomach allows for optimal viewing conditions. Your doctor will tell you how to prepare for the procedure.

The doctor or nurse will prepare you for the examination by placing sensors on your abdomen. The video capsule is swallowed with water and passes naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting video images to a recorder that you will wear close to your waist. The capsule then passes harmlessly from your body through a normal bowel movement.

How the PillCamTM
SB capsule Works

Move freely throughout the procedure

You'll be able to eat four hours after the capsule ingestion, unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. You should also be able to move freely throughout the entire procedure. The examination is over approximately eight to twelve hours after the capsule is ingested.

The capsule is disposable and passes naturally with your bowel movement with a low risk of the capsule getting stuck. You shouldn't feel any pain or discomfort. If you do, contact your physician. After the procedure, the recorder and sensors will be removed, and the images will be made available for your doctor to review.

Move freely throughout PillCam™ SB capsule evaluation
Picture is not an actual patient.
Capsule endoscopy is patient-friendly and
lets you move freely throughout the procedure.
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