Camera Pill Helps Local Doctors Detect GI Diseases
Dr. Nader Dababneh, Dr. Irfan Din and Dr. Dr. Jorge Uribe at Union GI Associates are now providing PillCam® capsule endoscopy, an innovative, non-invasive procedure, to diagnose and treat patients with gastrointestinal disorders of the small intestine such as Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), small bowel tumors, anemia work-up, and NSAID-related injuries; and disorders of the esophagus including esophageal varices, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett's esophagus.
PillCam SB video capsules contain miniature cameras that enable physicians to visualize the small intestine and esophagus, respectively. This non-invasive diagnostic procedure has become an alternative to traditional endoscopy, the most common procedure used to examine the small bowel and esophagus. Over 650,000 people around the world are benefiting from the capsule endoscopy procedure.
Capsule endoscopy allows physicians to more accurately detect and diagnose small bowel and esophageal disorders in patients. Union Hospital is very pleased to be able to offer a painless, patient-friendly diagnostic alternative to traditional endoscopy for patients experiencing persistent gastrointestinal symptoms.
During the PillCam SB procedure the patient swallows the capsule which passes through the digestive tract transmitting more than 50,000 images to a data recording device attached to a belt worn by the patient for an eight-hour period. The small bowel images are then downloaded to a Given® Workstation where a physician reviews the images and makes a diagnosis. PillCam SB received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in 2001.
Approximately 70 million Americans currently suffer from gastrointestinal disorders. Inflammatory bowel disease impacts as many as one million individuals, with Crohn's disease affecting 500,000 Americans. More then 19 million people suffer from GERD which over time can lead to Barrett's esophagus and ultimately to esophageal cancer, the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. However, many of these conditions go undiagnosed, or are treated by trial and error due to the limited diagnostic options available for this region of the body.
The doctors of Union GI Associates are board certified physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas. They are accepting new patients, for more information contact them at 410-398-8888.