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Small Bowel PillCam Endoscopy Specialist

Gastro Center of Maryland -  - Gastroenterologist

Gastro Center of Maryland

The Gastro Center of Maryland uses the latest technology and diagnostic tools to treat their patients, including the use of small bowel pillcam, or PillCam. Gastro Center of Maryland offers services to patients who live in the greater DMV area. To schedule a consultation, call 410-290-6677 or book an appointment online today! 


Small Bowel PillCam Endoscopy Q & A

What is Pillcam SB?

A Pillcam SB is considered to be the new gold standard when examining the small bowel for possible Crohn's disease and other gastrointestinal problems. The Pillcam is a small capsule containing a miniature light source and two cameras that continually take pictures of the gastrointestinal tract once the pill has been ingested. This small device weighs approximately 4 grams and is 11 mm x 26 mm in size. The first step of this procedure is having the patient swallow the Pillcam with water. Once it has entered the digestive tract, it will begin taking pictures from the esophagus into the small intestine and to the rectum.

What can a Pillcam SB show?

The Pillcam is capable of taking pictures of the interior digestive tract including the stomach, small intestines, and colon. It’s continuously taking highly detailed pictures as it moves through the system and is capable of taking several hundred pictures per use.The Pillcam will show any lesions, inflammation, or abnormalities throughout the digestive tract. It can identify potential health problems such as tumors, masses or ulcers in the stomach or small intestine.

Does the Pillcam SB have risks?

Because the Pillcam SB is ingestible, one possible risk is that the body will retain it and it will not pass seamlessly through the digestive tract. This risk is very low. Another possible risk is that the body will have a physical reaction to the Pillcam once it has been ingested. This may appear as a skin reaction or an upset stomach. Side effects, however, are rare and there is no downtime as the Pillcam is most often eliminated through a bowel movement.

Please consult Dr. Rudy Rai and Dr. Pia Prakash if you have any concerns about the Pill SB procedure.

Custom testimonials

  • "Everyone at the office is wonderful"

    —Anne S.

  • "The Annapolis office was a delight to visit. Everyone answered my questions and calmed my fears. I have no problem with my doctor conducting my procedure in a few weeks."


  • "I have been happy with the staff and care I've received here so far satisfied with my overall experience"

    —BONNIE K.

  • "Highly recommend Dr. Rosenbloom. I went to see him with some concerns and had a ton of anxiety and fear. "

    —BRETT C.

  • "All of the staff are really nice and helpful. Colleen Abell is so easy to talk to, she listens to what you have to say and is determined to help with the any concerns ..."


  • "Dr. Rosenbloom is the best . He takes the time to listen and after suffering for 3 yrs going back and forth to my primary. Dr . Rosenbloom figured out exactly what I ..."


  • "Very friendly each and everyone is ready to help you at every step. I love going there."

    —ASHVIN S.

  • "Been a patient for about a year now. Dr. Castillo is fantastic, along with Colleen. She was very attentive to my concerns and showed a lot of compassion. Would highly ..."

    —ANGELA O.




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