A new standard for endoscopy has been achieved with the introduction of the ‘Q-Chip’ technology endoscopes and ‘Pillcam’ at Braemar Hospital.

The ‘Pillcam’ video capsule endoscopy system is a first-line tool in the detection of abnormalities of the small bowel and can be used to diagnose diseases of the small intestine including Crohn’s Disease, Celiac disease, and other malabsorbtion disorders, benign and malignant tumours, vascular disorders and medication related small bowel injury.

Capsule endoscopy with PillCam™ SB video capsule enables our specialists to examine the entire small intestine. Patients ingest a vitamin-pill sized video capsule, which has its own camera and light source. While the video capsule travels through the body, it sends images to a data recorder worn on a waist belt. At the end of the procedure, the data recorder and sensor array are returned to the specialists. The images acquired will then be downloaded to a workstation for the specialist to review.

The capsule is the size of a large vitamin tablet and takes an amazing 57,000 images at a rate of two frames a second.

The ‘Q-Chip’ technology colonoscopies and gastroscopes set a new standard for the examination and treatment of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.

The image quality provided is remarkable. Both scopes also feature an image capture function, variable stiffness capability, 4-way angulation and an extra-wide 140° field of view.