Dr. Krunal Patel at Lane Gastroenterology, 6550 Main Street in Zachary, is now using capsule endoscopy technology to help diagnose small intestine disorders.
Capsule Endoscopy is a revolutionary new technique that uses a pill-sized wireless camera, or capsule, to view the small intestine. When swallowed, this capsule makes its way throughout the entire digestive tract, capturing important images along the way on a data recorder worn around the waist for eight hours.
Given the ease and thoroughness of a capsule endoscopy, the procedure is used to determine the cause of recurrent or persistent symptoms when other diagnostic procedures such as upper endoscopy or colonoscopy fail to provide a definitive reason for symptoms, including:
- unexplained bleeding
- anemia due to low iron stores
- celiac disease
- certain types of cancer
- abnormal x-ray of the small intestine
- suspicion of other small intestine diseases
To learn more about capsule endoscopy or to make an appointment with Dr. Krunal Patel at Lane Gastroenterology, please call 658-6780 or visit LaneRMC.org/gastro.