The PillCam (including the following: Pillcam M2A, PillCam SB, PillCam SB2, PillCam ESO, PillCam ESO2, PillCam COLON 2, PillCam Patency) Capsule Endoscopy Device (Given Imaging, Inc.) is an ingestible device for use in the gastrointestinal tract. Peristalsis moves the PillCam Capsule smoothly and painlessly throughout the gastrointestinal tract, transmitting color video images as it passes. The procedure allows patients to continue daily activities during the endoscopic examination. The PillCam Capsule Endoscopy Device is a first-line tool in the detection of abnormalities of the small bowel.
The PillCam Capsule Endoscopy Device has been utilized to diagnose diseases of the small intestine including Crohn’s Disease, celiac disease and other malabsorption disorders, benign and malignant tumors of the small intestine, vascular disorders and medication related small bowel injuries.
The User Manual for the PillCam Capsule Endoscopy Device states:
“Undergoing an MRI while the capsule is inside the patient’s body may result in serious damage to his/her intestinal tract or abdominal cavity. If the patient did not positively verify the excretion of the PillCam Capsule from his/her body, he/she should contact the physician for evaluation and possible abdominal X-ray before undergoing an MRI examination.”
This information applies to all versions/models of the PillCam devices.
[Reprinted with permission from Given Imaging, Inc.]