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Gastroenterology Services

Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
To provide improved treatment to this area’s GI patients, RMC uses the Wireless Capsule Endoscopy system to diagnose gastrointestinal bleeding and small bowel pathology. Common uses for the vitamin-sized pill include detection for polyps, Crohn’s disease, ulcers and tumors. The tiny capsule contains a miniature camera that takes 55,000 pictures as it passes through the GI tract. This procedure provides excellent visualization of the small intestine and is well tolerated by the patient. Until this procedure became available, examination of the small bowel was limited.

PH Monitoring System
To more effectively measure the acidity levels in patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux or chronic heartburn, RMC employs a state-of-the-art pH (or acidity) monitoring system. By affixing a small capsule via a small tube in the patient’s esophagus, the capsule transmits the patient’s pH levels electronically to an external pager-size transmitter for a 48-hour period. After the monitoring, the doctor is much better prepared to develop a plan to treat the patient’s specific medical issues. Previously, patients had the discomfort of a system involving a nasal tube. The new electronic monitoring system gives the patient much more comfort and convenience.

For more information on these new services, call (256)235-5121