A Non-Invasive Alternative to Colonoscopy

If your doctor decides that a colonoscopy is not the best option for you, the PillCam™ COLON system can help ensure you receive a thorough colon exam.

The PillCam™ COLON system is engineered to detect abnormal growths of tissue called polyps. Detecting colon polyps in a timely manner is important, as they can eventually progress to colon cancer.

The system may be right for you if:

1.6% to 10% of colonoscopy procedures are incomplete for reasons that may include:1-3

  • Difficult anatomy
  • Patient discomfort
  • Diverticulosis
  • Suspected adhesions
  • Inflammation

Several different factors may contribute to an increased risk of complications related to colonoscopy or sedation, including:

  • Taking antithrombotic medications such as Warfarin, Heparin2
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease4-6
  • A history of certain cardio-pulmonary conditions4,7
  • Older age, especially over 75 years8

Some of the risks of colonoscopy and sedation include:7,9-11

  • Colonic perforation
  • Lower GI bleeding
  • Postpolypectomy syndrome
  • Diverticulitis
  • Cardiopulmonary events

The PillCam™ COLON system is intended to provide visualization of the colon.

It may be used for detection of colon polyps in patients after an incomplete optical colonoscopy with adequate preparation, and a complete evaluation of the colon was not technically possible.

In addition, it is intended for detection of colon polyps in patients with evidence of gastrointestinal bleeding of lower Gl origin.

This applies only to patients with major risks for colonoscopy or moderate sedation, but who could tolerate colonoscopy and moderate sedation in the event a clinically significant colon abnormality was identified on capsule endoscopy.

Talk to your doctor about whether this innovative solution is an option for you.

If you have already spoken to your doctor about the PillCam™ COLON system, watch the video below to learn about procedural steps and what to expect.


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