Baptist Health Foundation of Richmond funds new PillCam technology

September 07, 2021

The PillCamTM SB is a tiny capsule that contains a camera and a light source to take photos of the small intestine.

RICHMOND, KY (September 7, 2021) – The Baptist Health Foundation of Richmond, in partnership with the Telford Foundation, recently purchased the new PillCam™ SB to provide an additional diagnostic tool for evaluation of various gastrointestinal disorders. Baptist Health Medical Group Gastroenterology uses the innovative technology to produce clear images of the esophagus, stomach and small bowel by detecting gastroenterology abnormalities such as gastrointestinal bleeding, Crohn’s disease, iron deficiency (anemia) and small bowel tumors.

The PillCam™ SB is a tiny capsule that contains a camera and a light source to take photos of the small intestine as it travels through the digestive tract. These images are then transmitted to a recorder that is worn as a strap across your body. Sensors are placed on your stomach to help transmit these images. The capsule is disposable and passes naturally with a bowel movement. This technology is primarily used to diagnose small bowel disorders; however, esophagus and stomach images are reviewed for any pathology as well.

“This new technology allows patients to undergo a less invasive screening of the small bowel by eliminating the need for sedation and without ever having to see the inside of an operating room,” said Jagannath Sherigar, MD, Baptist Health Medical Group Gastroenterology. “This pill is a new and safe way that allows the patient to go about their normal day while having the procedure done. If the test shows any abnormalities, patients may require an endoscopic procedure.”

For optimal viewing, your doctor will request you have an empty stomach before the procedure. The procedure normally takes 30 minutes at the doctor’s office to start. Once the sensors are placed, the recorder is connected, and the capsule has been swallowed, patients can leave. Upon leaving the office, they can go about normal activities and can eat four hours after ingesting the capsule. The test can last up to 12 hours.

After the recorder and sensor have been returned to the clinic in the evening, the captured images will be viewed in color video and the physician will discuss further treatment options with the patient, if needed.

“The new PillCam technology was made possible thanks to the generosity the late Robert L. Telford,” said Kari Martin, Baptist Health Foundation of Richmond Director.  “His commitment to exceptional healthcare and to this community compelled him to leave a legacy of generosity that continues to elevate the level of care we provide our patients each and every day.”

For more information about gastroenterology care or the PillCam™ SB system, visit BaptistHealth.com/Richmond or call Baptist Health Medical Group Gastroenterology at 859.625.0900.

To learn more about the Baptist Health Foundation of Richmond, visit SupportBaptistHealth.org/Richmond or call 859.625.3939.

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