Saturday, 8 February 2014

The FDA recently approved PillCam, a new ingestible camera that could replace colonscopies used in screening of Colon Cancer

The FDA recently approved PillCam, the tiny pill-size 

camera you swallow instead of a normal colonoscopy. 

This is a video of it travelling through a colon.

Out of all preventative medial procedures, none are quite as dreaded as a colonoscopy. However, a new ingestible camera could not only replace the procedure altogether, it could make getting screened for colon cancer a much more comfortable experience.

Recently cleared by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the “PillCam” is a swallowable device equipped with two mini cameras that take high-speed photos as it winds its way through the digestive system over the course of ten hours. Images are then transmitted to a recording device worn around the patients waist, where doctors can review the photos for any polyps or early signs of colon cancer.
Made by Given Imaging, the PillCam is intended for the estimated 750,000 U.S. patients who are unable to undergo the traditional colonoscopy, due to anatomy, previous surgeries or colon diseases. Eventually, the device could be an option for those who would rather not endure the original procedure, which involves probing the intestine with a thin, flexible, four-foot long tube that has a camera on the end.
Patients will neither get shafted in the rear end nor their wallets. The PillCam costs $500 — significantly cheaper than the a $4,000 going rate for a colonoscopy.
But MorningStar analyst Debbie Wang told the AP that Given Imaging is cleverly marketing the device as another instrument in a gastrointestinal specialist’s tool box, rather as direct competitor to current procedures.
“Given’s management understands that the traditional colonoscopy is the gastroenterologist’s bread and butter right now,” Wang said. “So they didn’t want to do anything that would position this as a substitute.”

Also The PillCam Colon is made by Israeli company Given Imaging, and uses a battery-powered camera to take high-speed photos of the intestinal tract over the course of eight hours that are transmitted wirelessly to a recording device. Below in this Video you can watch out the risk factor than can be arises due to the use of PillCam

Even watch out animation of this PillCam..below.. How it is Ingested & follow the path of digestive Tract giving the wonderful & awesome Images of your Digestive tract especially used for screening Colon Cancer great alternative to colonscopy. It has some risk factor ..but we predict in Near future all this will be eradicate
It's really an Marvelous invention