Published on Feb 4, 2014
The discomfort that comes with having a four-foot long, flexible tube shoved of your rear end during a colonoscopy may be a thing of the past. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an ingestible pill camera for use in screening for colon cancer for patients who have trouble with colonoscopies. 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. RT’s Ameera David takes a look at the bite-sized camera that might make a big impact on your next annual checkup.