Who should consider PillCam COLON?
For the majority of patients, doctors recommend a colonoscopy, but for some patients, an invasive colon exam can be risky (see a partial list of risk factors below). About half of these people today receive a colon exam other than colonoscopy. For others, it’s the cause of anxiety or even fear. And for many people, invasive colon tests requiring sedation are time-consuming and inconvenient.
For these people, and many others, PillCam COLON is complementary to colonoscopy and offers an optimal balance of minimal risk in a high accuracy* minimally invasive, convenient diagnostic procedure. It could be the alternative that you and your doctor have been searching for.
Take the quiz to see if PillCam COLON may be right for you. Then print your results and share them with your doctor.
Patients with any of the following conditions could be at higher risk of suffering from complications from an invasive colon exam, such as a colonoscopy. PillCam COLON is complementary to colonoscopy and may offer a safer alternative for those with:
- Severe pulmonary or cardiac disease
- Use of blood thinning medication such as warfarin or clopidogrel
- Morbid obesity
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Liver disease or cirrhosis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Prior incomplete colonoscopy
- Allergic reaction to sedation
The PillCam COLON procedure also has some risks and disadvantages such as retention of the capsule and the need to have a follow-up colonoscopy if there are findings of the PillCam COLON procedure. You can view all of these disadvantages and risks here. Please discuss these risks with your doctor, who can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
Contraindications for PillCam COLON include:
- Patients with known or suspected GI obstruction, strictures, or fistulas based on the clinical picture or pre-procedure testing and profile.
- Patients with cardiac pacemakers or other implanted electro-medical devices.
- Patients with swallowing disorders.
*"High accuracy" means more than 50% likely to detect large polyps as defined by Levin B, et al. Screening and Surveillance for the Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer and Adenomatous Polyps, 2008: A Joint Guideline from the American Cancer Society, the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of Radiology. CA Cancer J Clin 2008;58:00-00.