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small bowel (SB) capsule

The PillCam™ SB capsule endoscopy is a tool used for directly visualizing the small bowel. It helps detect and monitor lesions that may indicate Crohn's disease in the small bowel that other tests may miss.4,19,26

If you've been diagnosed with small bowel Crohn's, undergoing a capsule endoscopy is a simple, comfortable, patient-friendly way to monitor your Crohn's disease.7,19

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Answering the following questions can help you and your doctor decide if the PillCam™ SB capsule is right for you. Be sure to download them and bring your responses to your next doctor appointment.

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Questions for you

Questions to ask your doctor

  • How can we check to ensure my symptoms correlate with my disease activity?
  • Do I have small bowel Crohn's disease?
  • Do I have small bowel Crohn's disease located beyond the reach of an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy?
  • How might my treatment plan change if you find lesions in my small bowel?
  • Am I a suitable candidate for the PillCam™ SB capsule endoscopy procedure?
  • What risks are associated with the PillCam™ procedure?
  • Do you know or suspect that I have narrowing or blockage of my small bowel?
  • What is the PillCam™ patency procedure, and how does it work?
  • What is the risk of repeated radiation exposure over time from radiology procedures?
  • Will my insurance cover a capsule endoscopy procedure?
  • Do I need to bring the capsule back after the procedure?
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.

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Email yourself a personalized doctor discussion guide to print out and take to your next appointment. You and your doctor can discuss whether the PillCam™ small bowel capsule is right for you.