Capsule endoscopy: No longer limited to the small bowel

Yaron Niv*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Capsule endoscopy is the latest evolution in gastrointestinal endoscopy and the first to enable complete investigation of the small bowel. Recent new developments in the field of capsule endoscopy include the esophageal capsule (PillCam ESO™) and the colonic capsule (PillCam Colon™). The esophageal and colonic capsules have two heads with two lenses and cameras. The new capsules have the capability of taking more frames from both sides. The indications for the esophageal capsule examination are diagnosis and follow-up of Barrett's esophagus and esophageal varices. The colonic capsule can be used for colorectal cancer screening and for incomplete colonoscopy. Regarding other new technologies, continuous quality control is needed for the performance, appropriateness of the indications, diagnostic yield, procedure-specific outcome assessment, and cost-effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-180
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Pillcam ESO
  • Pillcam colon


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