Dr Matthew Hall

Pillcam

Pillcam (or capsule endoscopy) is a test to investigate the possibility of small intestinal disorders. It is used when standard endoscopy with gastroscopy and colonoscopy haven’t revealed an explanation for anaemia, bleeding, abdominal pain or diarrhea. The test is done as an office procedure and doesn’t require sedation. Although the PIllcam seems large almost all patients can easily swallow it. The Pillcam transmits pictures to an over the shoulder recorder, which is worn for the rest of the day. These images are then loaded onto a computer and reviewed. The Pillcam doesn’t need to be retrieved and is flushed out to sea! There is a “mini” bowel prep the night before. Medicare has specific criteria for funding, otherwise the cost is covered by the patient.


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