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Is that capsule camera good as colonoscopy?

Is that capsule camera good as colonoscopy?

No: Capsule endoscopy does not have theme and to do further testing or intervention such as remove polyps, do biopsies if needed, etc ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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I have iron def anaemia. Colonoscopy result ok, fobt +ve for blood am waiting for capsule endoscopy result. What is pill camera able to diagnose?

I have iron def anaemia. Colonoscopy result ok, fobt +ve for blood am waiting for capsule endoscopy result. What is pill camera able to  diagnose?

intestinal source: Capsule endoscopy can evaluate the entire small intestine for any ulcerations, tumors, etc. this is usually used when both upper and lower endoscopic evaluations reveal negative (normal) results ...Read more

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Can the camera pill detect ulcerative colitis? I want to avoid doing a traditional colonoscopy.

Can the camera pill detect ulcerative colitis?  I want to avoid doing a traditional colonoscopy.

Well yes, but...: Finding that your colon is inflamed by capsule endoscopy does not MAKE a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis. The distribution of colitis, biopsy findings, IBD markers, as well as ruling out infection & ischemia are all important parts of the diagnosis. If you have UC you will likely need repeated colonoscopy surveillance with histology. Get a GI doctor who hears & can address your expressed concerns. ...Read more

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How wide is the colonoscopy camera thing they stick up your butt? How far does it go in? I'm anxious about it and picturing something from the movie Aliens.

Colonoscopy fears: The equipment used for colonoscopy is quite thin. You will likely be offered medications prior to your procedure, which will ease your anxiety and keep you very comfortable during the procedure. ...Read more

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I'am the lady with the pain for 4 yrs...This is the continue... I have been to the ER multiple times in the last 4 yrs.I have had endless tests.Ultrasounts, mri's, hiates, colonoscopy, endoscopy, endless bloodwork, tests to check my kidneys, camera insert

Returning : Returning to the er is unlikely to help make the diagnosis. Er's are set up for emergency situations, and they cannot perform complicated testing as you know. The best thing is to establish with an excellent primary care physician, either an internal medicine or family practice physician. However, you need to know that there are some conditions that cannot be diagnosed by current technology, and it is a matter of managing the symptoms. While that is a frustrating situation, it is reality, and is something to consider as you go through this process. ...Read more

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Is a pill cam a good to find a diagnosis that a colonoscopy couldn't?

It may be.: The purpose of the pill cam is to go where the colonscopy cannot. The pill cam can see the different parts of the small bowel and may get a closer look at the large bowel. It may also catch something that is intermittent such as bleeding that the colonoscopy did not catch. It may well help. Please make sure you have seen a gastroentologist. ...Read more

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Is that camera going to be better than colonscopy some day?

Colonoscopy: Different imaging technologies are becoming advanced enough to show doctors what they need to see. But only a colonoscopy allows a biopsy to be performed which can be vital to diagnosis and prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a PillCam capsule endoscopy?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a PillCam capsule endoscopy?

Direct vision vs. TV: In colonoscopy a scope is passed retrograde up the colon after cleansing with a bowel prep. Air inflation dilates the bowel to aid visualization. With the pill camera, the pill or capsule is swallowed and as it passes the pylorus to the small bowel, a TV image is transmitted to a camera and the passage of the pill is video copied to review any findings and visualize any small bowel lesions. ...Read more