Advances in technology are rapidly pushing the boundaries of modern medicine and breaking into new frontiers in regards to studying the human body. One such technology is the PillCam SB—a wireless capsulized endoscope that first launched in 2001. This device aids gastro intestinal doctors treating patients with Crohn’s Disease and other GI problems.
The camera capsule is no larger than a vitamin-sized pill and can be easily ingested. Once an individual has swallowed PillCam SB, the small camera will transmit images through the capsule’s wireless antenna to a receiver module that the patient is wearing. More than 50,000 small bowel images are transmitted to the receiver during the camera’s journey through the patient’s GI system.
Doctors can then analyze the thousands of images for abnormalities in the intestines, such as small bowel bleeding lesions and Crohn’s Disease in the 23 feet of the small bowel. Since its launch in 2001, physicians have utilized more than 2.5 million capsules to view areas of the GI system that previously were not possible to see without using highly invasive measures.
An exhibit on PillCam SB is on display as part of the exhibit “Tools: Extending Our Reach,” that will be featured at New York’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum through May 25, 2015.
Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the gastro intestinal tract. The disease causes the lining of your digestive tract to become inflamed. Inflammation can lead to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, malnutrition and other health problems caused by a lack of absorption of nutrients.
Inflammation from Crohn’s Disease can affect different areas of the digestive tract depending on the individual. The inflammation often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Similar to ulcerative colitis, another common IBD, Crohn’s Disease is usually both painful and debilitating. The disease can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. However, A.M.P. FLORACEL® can greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s Disease and even bring about long-term remission.