COLON 2 capsule
endoscopy offers a patient-friendly option for visualization of the
colon mucosa. This advanced imaging technology is complementary to
traditional, therapeutic colonoscopy and may be an appropriate exam
for those patients who are unwilling or unable to undergo
traditional colonoscopy. Advancements in the PillCam Platform with
PillCam COLON 2 enables a smarter approach to colon capsule
endoscopy and a patient-friendly option for visualization of the
PillCam COLON was cleared for marketing in the European Union in October 2006 and Israel in February 2008; the second-generation capsule, PillCam COLON 2, was cleared by the European Union in September 2009. PillCam COLON 2 offers intelligent functionality, superior imaging and a convenient workflow. Smart technology enables it to adjust the frame rate in real time to maximize colon tissue coverage, and the imaging devices on either end of the capsule provide a near 360˚ view of the colon. The improved study process simplifies the procedure and patient management, allowing for more efficient utilization of staff time and resources.
How the Procedure Works
Preparation for the PillCam COLON 2 procedure is similar to a traditional colonoscopy. A patient maintains a liquid diet the day prior to the exam and takes laxatives the night before the procedure. The following morning the patient arrives at the physicianís office, where he or she is prepped for the procedure. This includes attaching the SensorArray to the patientís abdomen and the DataRecorder to a belt around the patientís waist. Once these tasks have been completed the patient will be given a glass of water to help swallow the vitamin-sized pill and additional cleansing agents as required by the physician. After ten hours the patient returns the device and the pill passes naturally with a bowel movement usually within 24 hours.
Images are downloaded from the DataRecorder by the physician to a computer with proprietary RAPID software for review.