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Swallowable Pill-Sized Camera Could Replace Traditional Colonoscopy

Swallowable Pill-Sized Camera Could Replace Traditional Colonoscopy

PillCam COLON passes through the digestive system and transmits images of the patient's intestines for the doctor's review.

Kristen Nozell
  • 6 february 2014

The FDA has recently approved a product that should improve the less-than-pleasant traditional colonoscopy experience. Reminiscent of a certain Magic School Bus story, the PillCam COLON is a pill-sized camera that snaps images of the patient’s insides as it winds its way through the intestinal track. Developed by Israeli medical solutions company Given Imaging, the product has been approved to supplement traditional colonoscopies when an incomplete test is run due to patient discomfort. For those patients, the pill camera will provide an alternative non-invasive method for scanning the lower intestines.

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