Pillcam is a brand of capsule endoscopy device that is used to take pictures of the inside of the body. The Pillcam is a small, swallowable capsule that contains a camera and a light source. As it moves through the digestive tract, the camera takes pictures of the inside of the body and sends the images to a receiver that the patient wears on their belt. The receiver transmits the images to a computer, where they can be viewed by a healthcare provider.
Pillcam is used to diagnose and monitor a variety of digestive disorders, including Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and esophagitis. It is a non-invasive alternative to traditional endoscopy procedures, which often require sedation and the insertion of a long, flexible tube into the digestive tract.
Pillcam is generally well-tolerated and has a high success rate, but it is not suitable for everyone. It should not be used in people who have swallowed a foreign object or have certain types of abnormalities in their digestive tract.« Back to Glossary Index