Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCS) is a medical procedure where the capsule endoscope is ingested by the patient, and through signal transmission and small data recorder it captures the gastrointestinal tract’s internal images that can increase the medical diagnosis of the prevailing medical condition. The capsule has a shape and size that resembles a vitamin. The capsule endoscope contains a very small camera, the small LED lights, as well as a battery. The capsule takes several images per second, as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract. Once captured, these images are transmitted wirelessly to a recording device (entirely portable) that is carried by the patient. The Stratis MiroCam video capsule endoscopy system also includes an advanced proprietary software through which the images are displayed on the computer.
Capsule endoscopy has a number of benefits over the traditional endoscopy. It is one of the safest medical procedures to examine and diagnose the various internal parts and systems of the body, including the GI tract and system. Here are some of the benefits of video capsule endoscopy for you.
Diagnosing a range of medical conditions
Quality capsule endoscopes provided by a leading video capsule endoscope manufacturer can be used to diagnose several medical conditions and is a preferred medical procedure. Video capsule endoscopy is today used for diagnosing iron deficiency, unexplained and abnormal bleeding, for searching tumors, ulcers, or polyps that may occur in the small intestine and for finding out specific causes of abdominal pain, as well as for diagnosing inflammatory bowel disease.
A greater diagnosis span
Video capsule endoscopy has a much greater diagnosis span when compared to traditional endoscopy. Traditional endoscopy methods and procedures may fail to diagnose a number of conditions and therefore the Endoscopist will rely on video capsule endoscopy to capture the images in this specific part of the small intestine to confirm a diagnosis. For instance, capsule endoscopy has a higher yield in diagnosing medical conditions that cannot be diagnosed by eso-phago-gastro-duodenoscopy or EGD and Colonoscopy. Colonoscopy, as well as EGD, are not able to capture images of the small intestine. In cases where the small intestine is involved, video capsule endoscopy can be used to evaluate the reasons for bleeding within the gastrointestinal region. Another medical condition in which video capsule endoscopy can be quite useful is Crohn’s disease.
A convenient way of diagnosis
Video capsule endoscopy is an outpatient procedure and patients are not admitted in the hospital. Patients will ingest the capsule and the images are transferred to the wireless receiver that the patient will wear during the procedure. When the procedure is completed the images are transferred to the computer, where the doctors can view them and determine a patient diagnosis.
The radio frequency signals that are transmitted by the video capsule endoscope can be used to confirm the exact location of the capsule within the body and analysis the potential diagnosis and findings.
The video capsule endoscopes that are ingested by the patients are automatically excreted out of the body between 28 to 48 hours. It is rare for the capsule to be retained inside the body, however all existing and prior medical conditions (where the bowels and internal passages may become constricted) will be taken into consideration prior to the capsule endoscopy study. Doctors evaluate the condition of the patient thoroughly before administering capsule endoscopy, there is a low risk of capsule retention in most of the cases.
Video capsule endoscopy is a painless when compared to other kinds of diagnostic procedures. The capsule has the size of a vitamin pill and can be easily swallowed by the patient.
No sedatives required
The patient does not need to be given any sedatives or anesthetics prior to performing a capsule endoscopy procedure The patient can relax and move comfortably. A hospital stay is not required after capsule endoscopy procedure is complete.
Evidence of many different and additional investigations
Video capsule endoscopy is one of the best ways to gain comprehensive information related to a small bowel disease.
Capsule endoscopy is often used when different methods including Enteroscopy, Colonoscopy, and Gastroscopy have been unsuccessful to provide proper information and diagnosis. The procedure safe and effective and can help physicians gain a deeper understanding for diagnosis. A video endoscopy capsule provider like Stratis MiroCam can offer high-quality video capsule endoscope procedures that are safe and reliable.