The Royal Free PillCam Reading Service

Established in 2006 by Professor Owen Epstein, the Royal Free PillCam unit has delivered and reported over 3,000 PillCam procedures. The unit provides a regional PillCam service and currently undertakes 20-25 procedures weekly. Rapid reporting is facilitated by highly experienced full time PillCam nurse specialists aided and supervised by gastroenterologists with specialist expertise in video capsules.

Many gastroenterology units have invested in the hardware required to deliver a minimally invasive video capsule service, but experience insufficient specialist reader capacity to provide a high volume service with rapid reporting turnaround.


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The Royal Free PillCam Reading Service, takes care of your reading and reporting requirements by offering a rapid turnaround service for all four currently available PillCams which are as follows:

PillCam UGI (Upper Gi)

PillCam SB3 (Small bowel)

PillCam Colon2

PillCam Crohn’s 

We can absorb your excess upper GI, small bowel and colon PillCam reading requirements or offer a second opinion. Each study is observed in our state of the art reading centre by a specialist reader and double checked by a second reader. The report and relevant images are available for you to download within 72 hours of receipt.

To use the service, simply register as a referrer via the website Once accepted by the Royal Free Private Patients Unit as a valid referrer, you can easily add your patient details and upload the PillCam reading via the IG Spectrum secure site.

For more information regarding our PillCam Reading Service please contact our dedicated enquiries team who are available Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm  on 020 7317 7751 or