Q: WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS (SYMPTOMS) THAT WOULD POSSIBLY BE A REASON TO HAVE ROBOTIC CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY?
A: The indication per the FDA is: The NaviCam™ Stomach System is intended for visualization of the stomach of adults (≥22 years old) with BMI less than 38. The system can be used in clinics and hospitals, including ER settings.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SITUATIONS WHERE MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY MIGHT BE USED?
A: The NaviCam Stomach System is intended for visualization inside of a patient’s stomach. Anything that your physician believes can be visualized on the stomach tissue such as injury, cancer, polyps, lesions, bleeding, ulcer could be a consideration for NaviCam™. However, the procedure is dependent upon your doctor recommending NaviCam™ and determining if the procedure is right for you.
Q: CAN I HAVE MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY PROCEDURE IF I’VE HAD ABDOMINAL SURGERY/INTESTINAL SURGERY?
A: This often depends on the type of surgery. Please consult your doctor to determine if your prior surgery would prevent the use of the NaviCam procedure or not.
Q: CAN CHILDREN DO CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY?
A: Indications in the U.S. are currently cleared for patients ≥22 years of age. However, in Europe, children are included/allowed.
Q: WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED TYPICAL PREP PRIOR TO CONDUCTING MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY?
A: Your doctor will advise in your case as requirements may differ, however, usually fasting overnight is required and some consumption of water before and during the procedure.
Q: AFTER THE STOMACH EXAMINATION (NaviCam™ Robotic Controlled Capsule Endoscopy), WHAT PRECAUTIONS AND/OR GUIDANCE SHOULD BE TAKEN?
A: You will get guidance from your physician. Typically drinking and eating are acceptable after completion of the procedure. You will be asked to be observant for capsule excretion for a week or two to assure the capsule has exited your body. If you have not observed the exit of the capsule then a physician may check if the capsule is still in your body by use of a special portable scanner or an X-ray. You should avoid MRI or other strong magnetic fields until you are sure the capsule is not retained in your body.
Q: WHAT IS THE TYPICAL TIME FOR GASTRIC EXAMINATION WITH THE MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE?
A: It usually takes approximately 15 minutes for manipulating the capsule inside the stomach but, the examination could be longer if your doctor feels more time is needed.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER TYPES OF CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY?
A: MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY is equipped with technologies for actively controlling the movement inside the stomach with a magnetic field from outside the human body allowing it to visualize the stomach tissue. Other capsule endoscopy systems are not able to control a capsule inside your body so seeing tissue is random.
Q: WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY COMPARED WITH TRADITIONAL ENDOSCOPY (EGD)?
A: It is a totally different procedure. Traditional endoscopy usually involves sedation and a scope is passed through your mouth and esophagus to enter and look into your stomach. With NaviCam, sedation is normally not used and the patient swallows a large vitamin sized capsule while laying on a bed and a controller is moving the capsule inside of the stomach.
Based on the published study (Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016 Sep;14(9):1266-1273.e1), MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY detects focal lesions in the upper and lower stomach with comparable accuracy with traditional electronic endoscopy. And MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY is preferred by almost all patients, compared with gastroscopy, and can be used to screen gastric disease without sedation.
Q: HOW CAN MY DOCTOR CONFIRM WHETHER THE CAPSULE IS DISCHARGED FROM THE BODY?
A: AnX Robotica’s patented Locator can be used to check whether the capsule is still inside the body, regardless of the capsule being active or not. Alternatively, an abdominal X-ray can be used.
Q: HOW LONG DOES THE CAPSULE REMAIN IN THE BODY?
A: It is the same as any other capsule endoscope on the market. It can vary significantly by patient. Studies have shown that it takes an average of approximately 24 hours for the capsule to leave the body, however, sometimes it may be as long as 2 weeks.
Q: CAN I FLY BEFORE THE CAPSULE IS DISCHARGED?
A: There have been no reported incidents of problems passing the security check.
Q: CAN I HAVE AN MRI EXAMINATION BEFORE THE CAPSULE IS DISCHARGED?
A: No, this is not allowed because of the strong magnetic field used in MRI examination.
Q: CAN THE CAPSULES BE REUSED?
A: No, the capsule is a single-use, disposable device.