If you've ever had the joy of experiencing a colonoscopy, you know how miserably uncomfortable the procedure can be. Well, get ready to breathe a sigh of relief because the Food and Drug Administration has recently approved a technology that will make the traditional colonoscopy cheaper, and much easier to - um - bear.
It's called the PillCam, and it will be made by a company called Given Imaging, based in Israel. Here's what the company has to say about the new PillCam:
"The PillCam COLON video capsule is equipped with two miniature color video cameras (one on each end), a battery and an LED light source; it measures 12 mm X 33 mm. PillCam COLON is designed to be ingested by the patient and transmits 4 or 35 frames per second for approximately 10 hours."
So basically, you swallow a pill and then wear a wear a recording device around your waist for the next 10-12 hours. The device captures the images from the camera as it's moving through the intestines.
Here's a visual:
The FDA recently approved the device for patients who have had trouble with the current colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a flexible tube. So yeah, that would be pretty much everyone.
In addition, the PillCam is estimated to cost around $500 per procedure (yes, it's disposable,) making it much cheaper than the traditional colonoscopy method.
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