Why PillCamTM small bowel (SB) capsule?

Shed some light on your Crohn's

When you don't know what's happening in your body, it's hard not to worry. The PillCam™ SB capsule endoscopy procedure is a safe, simple way to view your entire small bowel from the inside out. Seeing parts of your body that you've likely never seen can give your doctor insight – and give you confidence in your treatment plan.

Unlike a colonoscopy or more invasive procedure, the PillCam™ SB capsule doesn't require sedation, swallowing or injecting contrast media, or inserting tubes into your digestive tract. And, aside from fasting for 10 hours before the procedure (generally overnight), it requires no preparation.

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The PillCamTM SB capsule lets your doctor see problems that other diagnostic and monitoring methods are unable to view.

Why PillCamTM SB capsule?

Earlier detection of problems

Direct visualization of the small bowel mucosa is necessary to accurately and fully assess early disease activity and progression. The PillCam™ SB capsule is able to directly see the early stages of small bowel ulceration, where a CTE and SBFT might not.

Because the PillCam™ SB capsule can aid in the early detection of problems and early disease responds better to treatment, it could potentially improve your overall quality of life.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.
Why PillCamTM SB capsule?

Ideal for guiding treatment decisions

In the diagnosed patient, the PillCam™ SB capsule gives you and your doctor a way to monitor your disease over time. Since symptoms do not necessarily correlate with disease progression, small bowel capsule endoscopy gives you and your doctor a way to evaluate whether your current therapy is appropriate.

One recent study showed that 62% of patients had their Crohn's medication changed within 3 months of undergoing capsule endoscopy with the PillCam™ SB capsule.2

of patients had their
Crohn's medication
changed within
3 months of
undergoing capsule
endoscopy with
the PillCam™ SB capsule.2
Why PillCamTM SB capsule?

Low risk of the
capsule getting stuck

On rare occasions, the capsule has been retained in the digestive tract. However, this has been reported in less than 3% of patients with Crohn's disease8. Your doctor will assess your specific risk for retention and may have you swallow a PillCam Patency capsule first. This is a helpful test in assessing how your body will handle the PillCam™ SB capsule.

Why PillCamTM SB capsule?

Safe for children

The PillCam™ SB capsule is indicated for use in 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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