It’s a well-known fact that colonoscopy is a great pain in the butt. For those unaware, it’s a process employed by doctors to examine a patient’s bowel state. Insecure as it may sound, it constitutes the insertion through the rectum of a camera that is thin and long, commonly known as the endoscope. More often than not, colonoscopy fails to produce results, which convinces doctors to move to even more harmful alternatives. Upon conclusion of all such processes, the patient has been through enough suffering. Not anymore, though. PillCam is a new swallow-able gadget that provides some reprieve for those weary of colonoscopy.
PillCam Colon is a video camera device that is diminutive in stature but promises great prospects. The disposable capsule travels all the way inside a patient’s body via the gastrointestinal tract. Being the size of a tiny capsule, PillCam Colon sports dimensions of 0.47” x 1.3”. It can shoot upto 35 frames per second with the attached LED provision. That, alone, is a significant upgrade from traditional means.
PillCam Colon has gained the approval of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in light of its ability to identify adenomas and hyper-plastic polyps. The device is expected to greatly benefit in colon cancer examination. This means that monitoring as well as diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders without having to sedate patients is now possible. All a patient needs to do is wear an external device for nearly 10 hours which will receive all footage that PillCam records during its journey inside the body.
CEO Colon Cancer Alliance, Eric Hargis is also in favour of Pillcam Colon: “Colonoscopy is the most comprehensive option, but for up to 10 percent of individuals, achieving a complete colonoscopy may not be possible. For those individuals, PillCam Colon capsule endoscopy could be an effective option to allow their gastroenterologist to complete a colon examination.”
It is heartening to see how technological breakthroughs are benefiting the field of medicine. Hopefully, more medical breakthroughs such as PillCam Colon will ensure effective and satisfying treatment of patients around the globe.