A new capsule that contains a microscopic camera and transmitter can create better pictures of the small bowel than standard x-ray procedures can, a new study shows. The capsule is easily swallowed by the patient, and there is no need for the patient to drink barium before the procedure.
The study, conducted by Sandor Joffe, MD, section head of abdominal imaging, and his colleagues at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, found that wireless capsule endoscopy was better able than a small bowel series to find the cause of the patients symptoms. The small bowel series consists of a series of x-rays of the abdomen after the patient drinks several cups of barium.
Twenty patients underwent both the wireless capsule endoscopy and the small bowel series, says Dr. Joffe. These patients had a variety of symptoms; many of them were being examined because they were anemic or blood had been detected in their stool.
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