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The minature capsules

Recently, we launched a new procedure called Capsule Endoscopy. This uses state-of-the-art technology going ‘inner space’ to diagnose abnormalities in the small bowel, where traditional endoscopes and colonoscopes cannot reach.

This amazing new device involves the patient swallowing a pill-sized camera, which then travels through the stomach and intestine taking many images of the bowel. Being very clever it can adjust how fast it is clicking and taking pictures, by identifying how fast or slow it is moving through the bowel. These images are transmitted via Bluetooth to a device worn by the patient on a belt. They are then downloaded onto a computer and subsequently reviewed by a Gastroenterologist.

Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin said: “WOW this is an amazing piece of miniature technology, which from a patient care perspective is absolutely fantastic, providing a much less invasive procedure, which is quicker and offers a more thorough diagnosis. Just amazing!”

Consultants, Dr Amitabh Naik and Dr Deb Majumdar (pictured above with Suzanne), added: “The results we’ve had so far from using Capsule Endoscopy are very promising, with excellent feedback from our patients. Having this equipment at Ashford and St Peter’s has been beneficial to our patients. Now we can provide a more comprehensive luminal endoscopy service (in addition to gastroscopy and colonoscopy) which will lead to the earlier diagnosis of conditions like Crohn’s disease and establishing the causes of anaemia.”

The procedure is painless and saves our patients having to have further more complicated and invasive tests. Additionally, it will provide an essential gastrointestinal service to our patients locally without having to travel to other hospitals.