Capsule endoscopy (PillCam) uses a pill-sized capsule with a tiny camera that you swallow to help diagnose digestive conditions like Crohn's disease and cancer.
Capsule endoscopy (PillCam) is a test that allows your doctor to see inside your small intestine. After you swallow the vitamin-sized capsule, a tiny camera takes pictures as it passes through your digestive system.
Who Would Benefit from Capsule Endoscopy?
Your doctor at Rush might recommend that you have a capsule endoscopy to find the source of unexplained bleeding, such as an ulcer. Or your doctor might recommend this procedure to check for celiac disease, Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal cancer or other conditions.
How Safe Is Capsule Endoscopy?
You can rest assured that capsule endoscopy has very few risks. The capsule is designed to be passed naturally through your digestive system when you have a bowel movement and can be flushed down the toilet.
Rush Excellence in Capsule Endoscopy
- A less invasive alternative to traditional endoscopy: The PillCam also doesn't require anesthesia or sedation like more invasive tests.
- Fast access to care and convenient locations: We offer capsule endoscopy in Chicago, Oak Park, Oak Brook and Aurora/Fox Valley so you can get answers close to home and as quickly as possible.
- A national leader in digestive diseases and cancer: The availability of innovative tests like capsule endoscopy is one reason why U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center as one of the country's best hospitals in gastroenterology and GI surgery, as well as cancer care. When you choose Rush, you have access to leading technology to diagnose and treat cancer and digestive diseases.
- Experts in managing chronic conditions: If you have a capsule endoscopy and are diagnosed with Crohn's disease, celiac disease or another chronic condition, our experienced team can help you with medication, diet and other strategies to help manage your symptoms.