Patients who need to be checked for small bowel disease at Basildon Hospital are benefiting from the latest screening technology, thanks to a donation from the League of Friends.
Capsule endoscopy is recognised as the best way to investigate the small bowel for conditions such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or anaemia. The patient swallows a minute camera contained in a capsule that passes through the digestive tract, taking about three pictures a second. The images are transmitted to a data recorder held in a belt worn by the patient until the capsule has been passed.
Endoscopy usually involves inserting the camera on a long, thin, flexible tube, either through the mouth – to look at the top part of the small bowel - or the back passage – to investigate the colon, or large intestine.