Why PillCam® SB?

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.

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

Why PillCam SB?

Earlier detection of problems

Direct visualization of the small bowel mucosa is necessary to accurately and fully assess early disease activity and progression. PillCam SB is able to directly see the early stages of small bowel ulceration, where an MRE or CTE might not.

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

What is an MRE? Magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) is a helpful test when diagnosing and managing Crohn's disease. During this procedure, an MRI scanner uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of organs and tissues.
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 PillCam SB?

Ideal for guiding treatment decisions

In the diagnosed patient, PillCam SB 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 PillCam SB.

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Why PillCam SB?

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 disease. 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 PillCam SB.

Why PillCam SB?

Safe for children

PillCam SB is the only capsule endoscope 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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