I have been using the M2A Capsule Endoscopy for the last two and half years to diagnose patients with small bowel disease. With the help of CE, more patients suffering from a variety of symptoms-bleeding, chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, loss of weight, anemia-are being successfully diagnosed. CE aids diagnosis of a broad range of diseases of the small intestine including Chrohn’s disease, celiac disease and other malabsorption disorders, medication-related small bowel injury, as well as various pediatric small bowel disorders.
In addition to initial application in patients with unexplained obscure bleeding, new (recently published) clinical data has confirmed Capsule Endoscopy’s (CE) value in detecting and monitoring small bowel diseases that previously remained undiagnosed such as small bowel Crohn’s disease.
In the past, small bowel Chrohn’s Disease was difficult to diagnose through conventional tests such as small-bowel follow through and upper and lower endoscopy due to physical limitation in seeing the entire bowel. Today. There are many peer-review studies that evidence Capsule Endoscopy as the gold standard for confirming or ruling out small bowel Chrohn’s disease.
Capsule Endoscopy Overview
Simply requiring a 12 hour fast prior to the procedure, the Capsule Endoscopy procedure begins when the patient swallows the wireless capsule passes through the digestive tract to a data recorder affixed to a belt worn by the patient. Patient prep is not required, the patient simply fasts the night prior to the procedure.
After approximately eight hours, the patient returns the DataRecorder to our office for processing by a dedicated computer workstation with software that enables us to view and analyze the resulting patient video report.
This non-invasive diagnostic exam provides a substantially improved level of visual imaging for early detection and diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract disease.
Over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles have been published establishing Capsule Endoscopy as the gold standard for small bowel imaging.