Capsule endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to detect digestive disorders. Capsule endoscopy is a method to record the images of digestive tract which can be further used in diagnosis of the intestinal diseases. The procedure helps examine the lining of gastrointestinal tract which includes three portions of the small intestine namely duodenum, ileum and jejunum. The capsule endoscope is a pill size device that comprises of batteries, camera, light source and transmitter. Capsule when swallowed by the patient takes the picture of the gastrointestinal tract which is received by the professional and examined. The procedure is used to obtain high resolution images that may not be accessible through other endoscopy procedures such as colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). Capsule endoscopy is mainly used to diagnose the area of bleeding from small intestine. Additionally, the procedure is also used to detect inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), ulcers, polyps and tumors of the small intestine. Capsule endoscopy is also interchangeably referred to as capsule enteroscopy, wireless endoscopy and small bowel endoscopy.
The global capsule endoscopy systems market is expected to show a significant growth with the rise in aging population who require much medical care. In addition rising prevalence of peptic ulcer, which is a disorder of gastrointestinal tract, will also propel the market growth. It is estimated that approximately 500,000 new ulcer cases are detected each year and at a time 5 million people are affected with ulcers in the United States. Peptic ulcers are common in men and elderly people and are mainly caused due to prolonged usage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and H. pylori infection. Moreover, peptic ulcers are also caused due to excess smoking, alcohol consumption, hypercalcaemia/hyperparathyroidism and stress. Patients suffering from peptic ulcers suffer from wide range of symptoms varying from abdominal pain to vomiting, bleeding, or catastrophic perforation of the organ lining. Thirty five percent of the population suffering ulcers suffer from serious complications and sometimes become life threatening. Therefore, for the early diagnosis and proper treatment capsule endoscope plays a pivotal role.
Some of the market players in this industry segment are Olympus Corporation, Fujifilm Holding Corporation, SynMed Limited and others.
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