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Pillcam Capsule Endoscopy and Colonoscopy

Capsule endoscopy and colonoscopy at the Aberdeen clinic

     
 

Capsule endoscopy and colonoscopy at the Aberdeen clinic

 
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The Aberdeen Clinic has worked with leading technology company Corprate Health International (link to CHI website) to insure patients have the choice of the capsule colonoscopy as an alternative to standard colonoscopy (link to colonoscopy) for investigation of colonic symptoms. This is a less invasive technique which can be performed in the comfort of your own home.

About Corporate Health International
Corporate Health International has been working on the service delivery aspects of capsule endoscopy since 2013 and has since become the leading private company supporting hospitals and clinics across all of Northern Europe. With headquarters in Denmark and services facilities in Germany and Scotland, Corporate Health applies methods of service excellence and modern IT to scale the deployment of innovative medical technology.

With many hundred delivered capsule endoscopies, Corporate Health has the teams and systems to support medical professionals and researchers: from adding video analysis capacity to end-to-end delivery – all with the goal of making gastrointestinal diagnostic safer, cheaper, and much more convenient for people.

What is Capsule Endoscopy
Capsule endoscopy with the PillCam SB video device enables your consultant to examine your entire small intestine. Your consultant will have you ingest a video capsule that has its own camera and light source. You can move freely during the exam, which lasts about eight hours.
While the video capsule travels through your body, it sends images to a data recorder which you wear in a shoulder bag. Afterwards your consultant will view the images on a video monitor.

What can I expect?
The consultant or nurse will prepare you for the examination by attaching sensors to your abdominal wall. The video capsule is swallowed with water and passes naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting video images to a data recorder that you will wear close to your waist. Usually you can eat within 4 hours after the capsule ingestion unless your consultant instructs you otherwise. The examination is over approximately eight hours after the capsule was ingested.

Are there any risks?
Capsule endoscopy is a very safe test, however, rarely complications may occur. The most important is the possible retention of the capsule, please keep an eye on things and note down the time the capsule was eliminated. If you do not notice this within 8 hours then please contact the Endoscopy Department.

After the test
At the end of the procedure, the data recorder and sensor array will be removed and the images acquired during your exam will then be downloaded to a workstation for your consultant to review. After ingesting the capsule and until it is excreted, you should not have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examination or be in the vicinity of an MRI machine.

The capsule is disposable and passes naturally with your bowel movement. You should not feel any pain or discomfort.

Going home?
There are no restrictions on going home after receiving this test.

 
     
  Clinic first to deliver regular capsule colonoscopy in Scotland
A clinic in Aberdeen brings capsule colonoscopy for the first time into regular service in Scotland.



Specialist clinicians at The Aberdeen Clinic have been working with teams from speciality service provider Corporate Health International in Germany and Denmark to perfect the technique that involves a patient swallowing a small, vitamin sized capsule that contains a full colour camera.

The camera transmits 35 images per second for four to 15 hours to a data-recording device worn around the patient’s waist. The transmitter alerts the patient when it has finished recording and the capsule passes with a normal bowel movement.

The minimally invasive technique, which was previously limited to small bowel examinations and the use in various clinical trials to prove its medical accuracy, is expected to have wide-ranging benefits for both patients and health services potentially leading to: shorter waiting times, fewer risks and faster recovery times. In addition it provides a means of delivering the very best diagnostic services to remote and rural areas where access to an endoscopy unit may be limited.

Ken Park, Clinical Director of the Aberdeen Clinic, explains: “A Colonoscopy can be a daunting prospect for some patients and although many examinations show only minor conditions it is important that more serious and potentially malignant conditions are ruled out. Capsule colonoscopies offer a more acceptable prospect for many - being less invasive and performed at home. As such this technique may be life saving for individuals who would otherwise have refused the procedure.

The launch of capsule colonoscopies in Scotland is a significant addition to diagnostic medicine. While the technique won’t remove the need for all colonoscopies, as the traditional colonoscopy is still required for therapeutic procedures, such as removal of polyps, it does have the potential to significantly reduce the need for colonoscopy procedures in patients undergoing diagnostic investigation and also those being followed up for certain conditions.”

By working with Corporate Health International who are delivering a capsule colonoscopy service in Europe the Aberdeen Clinic is tapping into a wealth of experience to deliver highest quality on day one. “The Aberdeen Clinic combines our best-practices in preparing patients, analysing capsule videos and managing sensitive data with their leading service delivery capabilities to make capsule colonoscopy a standard procedure” says Cornelius Glismann, Managing Director of Corporate Health.

The first Scottish patient to receive a capsule colonoscopy was a 55 year old male from Aberdeen who was being followed up after an operation to remove a large bowel tumour two years ago. While previously he would have required a full colonoscopy under sedation to check for any polyps, he was able to swallow the capsule during a short visit to the clinic and then complete the test at home.

“The procedure revealed there are some very small polyps forming but given their size and the risk of removal, we have agreed with the patient we will repeat the capsule procedure in a year to monitor their growth again.

” The patient, who did not wish to be named, explained: “The procedure was incredibly easy. After I swallowed the capsule, I was monitored in the clinic for an hour before being able to go home with the small receiver unit strapped to my waistband.

“I didn’t have to experience the side effects of sedation and found the whole thing incredibly easy and convenient. I hope this new procedure encourages more people to talk to their doctor about their symptoms.”For more information, please contact Annie Diamond on 07939 153 649 or anniepugh1@hotmail.com
 
     
  About The Aberdeen Clinic
The Aberdeen Clinic was established in 2013 and provides access to independant healthcare Established by specialist clinicians, the Aberdeen Clinic aims to provide high quality health care at affordable prices to both the independent health care sector and the NHS. The Aberdeen Clinic undertakes approximately 4000 endoscopy procedures each year in Aberdeen making it the largest private endoscopy provider in the North of Scotland. Additional clinics cover Allergy, Weight management, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Minor Surgery, Varicose Vein and Reflux. Patients are seen at a time of their choosing and in the most convenient venue.

About Corporate Health International

Corporate Health International has been working on the service delivery aspects of capsule endoscopy since 2013 and has since become the leading private company supporting hospitals and clinics across all of Northern Europe. With headquarters in Denmark and services facilities in Germany and Scotland, Corporate Health applies methods of service excellence and modern IT to scale the deployment of innovative medical technology
.
With many hundred delivered capsule endoscopies, Corporate Health has the teams and systems to support medical professionals and researchers: from adding video analysis capacity to end-to-end delivery – all with the goal of making gastrointestinal diagnostic safer, cheaper, and much more convenient for people.
 
     
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