Update Colonic Capsule Endoscopy

C Streba, C Vere, Corina Gruia, F Sima, M Sergiu, A Ionescu
2010 Current Health Sciences Journal   unpublished
Colonic capsule endoscopy represents a novel technique used to identify colon lesions. Being a non-invasive procedure, with a high patient compliance and minimal side-effects, it can safely be administered to large population groups with different pathologies. When used in conjunction with a self-absorbing patency capsule, it becomes a safe procedure even if obstruction is present, thus eliminating one of the most important risk factor. On the other hand, colonoscopy currently represents the
more » ... y represents the "gold standard" for colon diagnosis and therapy. The technology has not notably evolved in recent years, as its technique remains basically unchanged. Being an invasive procedure, dependent on the experience of the operator, it puts patients under a considerable amount of stress, thus having low patient compliance. Recent studies advanced the possibility of using colonic capsule endoscopy in colorectal cancer screenings as an alternative or a complementary method to standard colonoscopy. We reviewed such literature trying to present accurate data regarding the safety, feasibility and performance of colonic capsule endoscopy when compared with standard colonoscopy.