Capsule Endoscopy

pillcam-sizeAs a cutting edge tool, Dr. Nowain at the Center for GI Health offers PillCam Small Bowel Video Capsule Endoscopy to detect and diagnose disorders of the small intestine.

What is the ‘PillCam’?

The PillCam small bowel video capsule is an innovative and non-invasive way of obtaining images of the small intestine.

The capsule measures 1.1 cm x 2.6 cm and weighs less than 4 grams. It contains an imaging device and light-source on one-side and transmits images at a rate of 2 images per second generating more than 50,000 pictures of the small intestine over an 8-hour period.

How Does Capsule Endoscopy Work?

The patient simply swallows this capsule and images are taken of the small intestine which the doctor later downloads and reads on a computer. The capsules are disposable and do not need to be retrieved. When swallowed, the capsule sends data to a recorder belt that the patient wears during the procedure with no radiation exposure. Patients come into our Beverly Hills office to swallow the video capsule, go about their day, and then return usually within 24 hours to turn in the data recorder.

The video capsule was initially cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2001 and today is used to detect and diagnose disorders of the small intestine. These disorders include small bowel tumors, Crohn’s disease, malabsorption disorders (such as Celiac disease), peptic ulcers, iron deficiency anemia, and suspected intestinal tract bleeding of the small bowel.

Does insurance cover the procedure?

capsule-endoscopy-pillcamAlmost all insurance carriers will accept small bowel capsule endoscopy as a necessary diagnostic tool for patients. Our office staff will submit for prior authorization if Dr. Nowain feels that it is necessary for you to undergo this procedure. As always, we offer cash pricing for patients without insurance.

Learn More About Capsule Endoscopy:

If you feel that you might benefit from this procedure or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 310-657-4444. We look forward to caring for you! Please visit our FAQs page for more information on capsule endoscopy.

Downloadable PDF Documents: Small Bowel Capsule