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Selma Doctor Offering Leading-Edge Technology

Health and Wellness

People who are suffering from ulcers, tumors or other problems within the small intestine are benefiting from new technology that you can swallow!

In April, Dr. Ryan Utarnachitt, a board-certified gastroenterologist at Adventist Health Physicians Network in Selma, began using PillCam™ SB capsule endoscopy, which uses an ingestible capsule equipped with a miniature video camera that detects abnormalities in the small bowel associated with Crohn’s disease, iron deficiency anemia and obscure gastrointestinal bleeding.

The PillCam™ SB capsule is the size of a vitamin. Patients may come into the office in the morning, swallow the capsule and leave 15 to 20 minutes later, wearing a data recorder. They are free to go about their day while the camera naturally passes through their digestive tract and transmits the images to the data recorder. Eight hours later, the patient returns to the doctor’s office to drop off the data recorder for review.

The procedure does not require sedation and may be performed in-office. Most insurances cover the procedure, which is safe for both children and adults.

Those who would like to learn more or schedule an appointment with Dr. Utarnachitt at 1142 Rose Ave., Suite A in Selma, may call (559) 856-6160.